US Pat. No. 10,393,418

AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An air-conditioning apparatus comprising:an outdoor unit including a compressor compressing and discharging refrigerant, a heat source unit-side heat exchanger exchanging heat between the refrigerant and a medium, and a four-way valve switching between refrigerant passages;
a plurality of indoor units each including a plurality of use-side heat exchangers exchanging heat between the refrigerant and air to be conditioned and an indoor expansion device reducing a pressure of the refrigerant;
a relay unit connected between the outdoor unit and the indoor units, the relay unit providing a passage through which gas refrigerant is supplied to at least one indoor unit performing heating of the indoor units and a passage through which liquid refrigerant is supplied to at least one indoor unit performing cooling of the indoor units, the outdoor unit, the plurality of indoor units, and the relay unit being connected by pipes to form a refrigerant circuit;
a heat-source-unit flow control valve regulating a flow rate of the refrigerant flowing into the heat source unit-side heat exchanger while the heat source unit-side heat exchanger functions as a condenser;
a bypass pipe allowing the refrigerant to bypass the heat source unit-side heat exchanger;
a switching valve regulating the flow rate of the refrigerant passing through the bypass pipe; and
a controller configured to control the heat-source-unit flow control valve and the switching valve based on a pressure on a refrigerant inlet side of the heat source unit-side heat exchanger, which is functioning as the condenser, an inlet temperature and an outlet temperature of the medium passing through the heat source unit-side heat exchanger, and a ratio of a cooling operation capacity to a heating operation capacity of the use-side heat exchangers,
wherein the controller is configured to control the heat-source unit flow control valve and the switching valve during a time when at least one of the indoor units is performing heating and another of the indoor units is performing cooling and when the heat-source unit-side heat exchanger functions as the condenser, to vary the flow rate through the heat source unit-side heat exchanger and through the bypass pipe based on a ratio of a cooling operation capacity to a heating operation capacity of the use-side heat exchangers, and
wherein at least the switching valve is controlled to have various opening degrees that are less than a fully open degree and greater than a fully closed degree.

US Pat. No. 10,393,416

EVAPORATOR

KEIHIN THERMAL TECHNOLOGY...

1. An evaporator comprising:a first side;
a second side opposite to the first side;
a leeward upper header portion provided to extend from the first side to the second side in an extending direction;
a leeward lower header portion provided substantially parallel to the leeward upper header portion to extend from the first side to the second side;
a refrigerant inlet which is provided at the leeward upper header portion or the leeward lower header portion on the first side and through which refrigerant is to flow into the evaporator;
leeward heat exchange tubes each of which has a longitudinal direction and which are provided between the leeward upper header portion and the leeward lower header portion to connect the leeward upper header portion and the leeward lower header portion in the longitudinal direction, the leeward heat exchange tubes forming a plurality of leeward tube rows, the plurality of leeward tube rows comprising:
a first row which is furthest among the plurality of leeward tube rows from the refrigerant inlet in the extending direction and in which refrigerant is to flow in a first direction along the longitudinal direction, the first row including first leeward heat exchange tubes among the leeward heat exchange tubes;
a third row which is closest among the plurality of leeward tube rows to the refrigerant inlet in the extending direction and in which refrigerant is to flow in the first direction; and
a fourth row which is provided between the first row and the third row to be connected the first row and the third row and in which refrigerant is to flow in a second direction opposite to the first direction in the longitudinal direction;
a windward upper header portion provided substantially parallel to the leeward upper header portion to extend from the first side to the second side;
a windward lower header portion provided substantially parallel to the leeward lower header portion to extend from the first side to the second side;
a refrigerant outlet which is provided at the windward upper header portion or the windward lower header portion on the first side and through which refrigerant is to flow out of the evaporator;
windward heat exchange tubes each of which extends along the longitudinal direction and which are provided between the windward upper header portion and the windward lower header portion to connect the windward upper header portion and the windward lower header portion in the longitudinal direction, the windward heat exchange tubes forming a plurality of windward tube rows, the plurality of windward tube rows comprising:
a second row which is furthest among the plurality of windward tube rows from the refrigerant outlet in the extending direction and in which refrigerant is to flow in the first direction, the second row including second windward heat exchange tubes among the windward heat exchange tubes; and
a resistance divider provided in the leeward upper header portion or the leeward lower header portion at a position corresponding to the first row, the resistance divider comprising:
a first wall provided between the refrigerant inlet and the first row and having at least one refrigerant passage hole via which the refrigerant inlet is in communication with the first row; and
a second wall provided between the refrigerant inlet and the second row and having at least one communication path via which the refrigerant inlet is in communication with the second row.

US Pat. No. 10,393,415

SOLAR ENERGY-STORAGE COOLER AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

PTGHS, LLC, Fraser, CO (...

1. A solar energy-storage cooler, comprising:a mobile thermally insulating housing that defines an interior, an opening for access to said interior, and including a lid movable between a closed position that seals said opening and an open position for access to said interior;
at least one solar power source configured to convert solar energy to electrical energy, said solar power source supported by said housing, and
an energy storage device supported by said housing, comprising:
an energy storage component for the storage of electrical energy and characterized by a state of charge representative of an amount of energy stored within said energy storage component and by an energy storage rate into and out of said energy storage component;
at least one power input through which electrical energy is transferable from the solar power source at least for storage within the energy storage component;
at least one power input through which electrical energy is transferable into said solar energy-storage cooler at least for storage within the energy storage component;
at least one power output through which electrical energy is transferable out of said solar energy-storage cooler at least from the energy storage component; and
a processor configured for at least one of (i) determining an estimate of time until the state of charge at least reaches one or more particular levels at least based on the state of charge in conjunction with the energy storage rate and for generating an indication of the estimate, (ii) cooperating with an external computing device for determining said estimate, and (iii) cooperating with said external computing device for generating said indication,
wherein said solar power source provides electrical energy at a rate that is responsive to an environmental factor and said estimate of time is based, at least in part, on a prediction of said environmental factor.

US Pat. No. 10,393,414

FLEXIBLE THERMAL REGULATION DEVICE

Palo Alto Research Center...

1. A flexible active temperature control device, comprising:a thermal energy transfer layer having thermoelectric elements and a functionally-graded material integrated into a single layer, wherein the functionally graded material has a gradient, wherein the gradient has a decreasing density of particles farther away from the thermoelectric elements;
a thermal energy spreading layer in thermal communication with the thermal energy transfer layer and configured to receive thermal energy from the thermal energy transfer layer and to spread the thermal energy through the thermal energy spreading layer; and
a thermal energy exchange layer in thermal communication with the thermal energy spreading layer and configured to exchange the spread thermal energy with the thermal energy spreading layer.

US Pat. No. 10,393,413

HEAT PUMP APPARATUS WITH REFRIGERANT LEAKAGE PROTECTION

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A heat pump apparatus, comprising:a refrigerant circuit including a compressor, a load-side heat exchanger, a pressure reducing device, and a heat source-side heat exchanger connected via a refrigerant pipe, the refrigerant circuit being configured to circulate refrigerant therethrough; and
a load unit configured to accommodate at least the load-side heat exchanger therein,
the load-side heat exchanger being configured to allow heat exchange between the refrigerant and a heat medium,
the load unit comprising
a heat medium circuit chamber configured to accommodate at least a part of a heat medium circuit configured to allow the heat medium to flow therethrough,
a fan,
an air inlet configured to suck indoor air therethrough,
an air outlet formed at a different height position from a height position of the air inlet, and configured to blow indoors the air sucked through the air inlet, and
an air passage formed between the air inlet and the air outlet, the air passage being isolated from the heat medium circuit chamber,
the load-side heat exchanger being provided in the air passage.

US Pat. No. 10,393,411

STIRLING CRYOCOOLER

SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES...

1. A Stirling-cryocooler expander for connection with a Stirling-cryocooler compressor containing a working gas, the Stirling-cryocooler expander comprising:a cylindrical displacer composed of a displacer base portion disposed on a center axis and a displacer tip portion aligned along the center axis, extending from the displacer base portion to a working-gas expansion space, the displacer tip portion including a plurality of discoid components each having a cylindrical lateral surface and a substantially flat rear surface, one discoid component of each of pairs of the discoid components having a substantially flat front surface containing a central recess, the plurality of discoid components being arranged axially adjoining each other rear-surface-to-front-surface along the center axis so that the cylindrical lateral surfaces of the discoid components constitute a portion of the displacer tip portion's outer cylindrical surface, and to bring central-recess-encompassing portions of the axially adjoining rear and front surfaces into contact and leave the central recess where the axially adjoining rear and front surfaces are not in contact as an area forming a working-gas layer with the expander being connected to the Stirling-cryocooler compressor; and
a regenerator disposed surrounding the displacer tip portion such as to guide reciprocating travel of the displacer along the center axis.

US Pat. No. 10,393,410

CRYOGENIC REFRIGERATOR AND ROTARY JOINT

SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES...

1. A cryogenic refrigerator for installation on an apparatus including a stationary portion and a rotating portion axially rotatably supported by the stationary portion, the refrigerator comprising:a compressor installed on the stationary portion;
an expander installed on the rotating portion; and
a rotary joint fluidly coupling the compressor with the expander, the rotary joint including
a rotor fixed to the rotating portion and coaxial with the rotating portion's rotational axis,
a stator disposed adjacent to the rotor to form a clearance between the rotor and the stator, and fixed to the stationary portion,
a first high-pressure flowpath, being a flowpath for a first high-pressure working gas having a first high pressure that is higher than ambient pressure of the cryogenic refrigerator, and extending from the stator through the clearance to the rotor,
a second high-pressure flowpath, being a flowpath for a second high-pressure working gas having a second high pressure that is higher than ambient pressure and is lower than the first high pressure, and extending from the rotor through the clearance to the stator, and
a working-gas sealing area dividing the clearance into a first high-pressure section communicating with the first high pressure flowpath, and a second high-pressure section communicating with the second high-pressure flowpath; wherein
the working-gas sealing area has a first diameter in the first high-pressure section, and a second diameter in the second high-pressure section, and the first diameter is smaller than the second diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,393,406

ELECTRICAL WATER HEATER WITH A DUAL RESISTIVE HEATING ELEMENT AND A CONTROL METHOD FOR ENERGY MANAGEMENT

Claude Lesage, Pointe Cl...

1. A dual resistive heating element for use in an electrical water heater, said dual resistive heating element comprising an electrically insulated mounting support for connection to a heating element port of a water holding tank of said electrical water heater, said mounting support supporting a first and a second resistive heating element in an electrically insulated supported manner with said elements disposed in a spaced-apart relationship, said first and second resistive heating elements being connected to a common AC power supply through switching means, said second resistive heating element having a power rating lower than said first resistive heating element and in the range of from 400 to 800 watts, and external electrical connectors secured to an outer surface of said support for connection to said AC power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,393,405

DUAL/MULTI ENERGY GAS WATER HEATER

MICLAU-S.R.l. INC., Mont...

1. A dual energy gas water heater comprising a tank for containment of water to be heated, a water inlet constituted by a dip tube is secured to said tank for receiving said water to be heated from a domestic water supply line, a water outlet in a top portion of said tank for feeding hot water to a hot water supply line, a combustion chamber in a lower portion of said tank, a gas burner in said combustion chamber, a gas supply line connected to said gas burner, a gas shut-off valve secured to said gas supply line, a flue tube sealingly secured between a top wall of said combustion chamber and a top wall of said tank and extending vertically throughout said tank for heat exchange with said water in said tank together with said top wall of said combustion chamber, a resistive heating element secured to a side wall of said tank in a lower portion of said tank above said combustion chamber, said resistive heating element being a curved resistive heating element having a first curved section which projects inside said tank between said dip tube and said flue tube and a second curved section which is shaped to extend spaced about said flue tube along a curve and disposed substantially central between a curved outer surface of said flue tube and said inner surface of said side wall of said tank, said resistive heating element having a length greater than the distance between the side wall of said tank to said flue tube, said curved resistive heating element having a density in the range of 20 to 80 watts/sq. inches for heating said water within said tank; a thermostat secured to said resistive heating element, a switch secured between said thermostat and a voltage supply line, a controller to selectively operate said switch and said gas valve to disconnect said voltage supply line from said thermostat and/or shut off said gas shut-off valve secured to said gas supply line.

US Pat. No. 10,393,404

HEAT EXCHANGER AND HOT WATER APPARATUS

NORITZ CORPORATION, Hyog...

1. A heat exchanger for exchanging heat between a heating gas which flows outside and water and/or hot water which flows inside, the heat exchanger comprising:a case including an inlet through which the heating gas flows in, an outlet that faces the inlet and through which the heating gas flows out, and a peripheral wall portion which connects the inlet and the outlet to each other;
a heat exchange portion including a plurality of heat transfer plates surrounded by the peripheral wall portion of the case and layered on one another, each of the plurality of heat transfer plates extending in a direction from the inlet toward the outlet; and
a straightening vane surrounded by the peripheral wall portion of the case and rectifying the heating gas, wherein
the straightening vane includes a top plate portion which covers the plurality of heat transfer plates so as to close a space between the plurality of heat transfer plates in end portions of the plurality of heat transfer plates in a direction intersecting with a direction of layering of the plurality of heat transfer plates when the heat exchange portion is viewed from the inlet toward the outlet,
an outermost heat transfer plate of the plurality of heat transfer plates includes at least any of an inflow portion through which the water and/or hot water flows in and an outflow portion through which the water and/or hot water flows out,
the top plate portion extends from the end portions of the plurality of heat transfer plates to an inner side relative to at least any of the inflow portion and the outflow portion in the direction intersecting with the direction of layering of the plurality of heat transfer plates when the heat exchange portion is viewed from the inlet toward the outlet,
the top plate portion includes a first top plate portion and a second top plate portion separate from the first top plate portion,
the first top plate portion extends from the end portions of the plurality of heat transfer plates to the inner side relative to the inflow portion in the direction intersecting with the direction of layering of the plurality of heat transfer plates when the heat exchange portion is viewed from the inlet toward the outlet, and
the second top plate portion extends from the end portions of the plurality of heat transfer plates to the inner side relative to the outflow portion in the direction intersecting with the direction of layering of the plurality of heat transfer plates when the heat exchange portion is viewed from the inlet toward the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,393,403

BATHROOM MANAGEMENT APPARATUS

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A bathroom drying apparatus comprising:a case including an upper front surface region having an air intake port, a lower front surface region having a first air discharge port, and an intermediate front surface region defined between the upper front surface region and the lower front surface region and depressed rearward, wherein a blower fan is configured to receive air through the air intake port and output air through the first air discharge port;
an intake vane including first hinges, which are provided on opposite sides of a rear surface of the intake vane and are received in the intermediate front surface region and are configured to direct the intake vane to move to selectively open or close the air intake port; and
a first discharge vane including second hinges, which are provided on opposite sides of the rear surface of the first discharge vane and are received in the intermediate front surface region and are configured to direct the first discharge vane to move to selectively open or close the first air discharge port,
wherein a region of the rear surface of the intake vane between the two first hinges and a region of the rear surface of the first discharge vane between the two second hinges defines a first flow channel that is separate from the intermediate front surface region; further comprising a filter provided in the air intake port.

US Pat. No. 10,393,402

AIR EXCHANGE DEVICE AND COVERING MEMBER THEROF

Sunonwealth Electric Mach...

1. An air exchange device, comprising:an air-guiding tube having a first maximal outer diameter, wherein the air-guiding tube comprises a first end and a second end; and
a covering member comprising a positioning portion adapted to be coupled to an outer wall of the air-guiding tube and a covering portion connected to the positioning portion, wherein the covering portion has a second maximal outer diameter larger than the first maximal outer diameter of the air-guiding tube, wherein an engaging ring is formed on a periphery of the positioning portion and engages with the outer wall of the air-guiding tube, wherein an inclined face is formed on an inner wall of the engaging ring, wherein the inclined face extends from the first end to a termination towards the second end of the air-guiding tube in an inclined and upward way, and wherein the inclined face is inclined in a same inclination direction and engages with the air-guiding tube from the first end to the termination.

US Pat. No. 10,393,401

DIRECT DRIVE MOTOR INTEGRATED INTO DAMPER BLADE

Air Distribution Technolo...

16. A damper, comprising:a plurality of blades;
a plurality of blade arms, each blade arm of the plurality of blade arms coupled to one of the plurality of blades, wherein each blade arm of the plurality of blade arms comprises a first bearing and a second bearing;
a blade shaft coupled to each blade arm of the blade arms and configured to transfer torque from a first blade arm of the plurality of blade arms to plurality of blade arms;
a motor housing coupled to one of the plurality of blades or one of the plurality of blade arms, wherein the motor housing further comprises a keyed shaft, and the keyed shaft of the motor housing is coupled to a frame through an aperture having a matching shape to the keyed shaft;
a gearbox coupled to the motor housing and the one of the plurality of blade arms and
a support coupled to the one of the plurality of blades or the one of the plurality of blade arms and to the motor housing, wherein the support is configured to secure the motor housing to the one of the plurality of blades or the one of the plurality of blade arms to enable rotation of the motor housing with the one of the plurality of blades or the one of the plurality of blade arms.

US Pat. No. 10,393,400

EVAPORATIVE COOLER AND OPERATING METHOD FOR EVAPORATIVE COOLER

KYUNGDONG NAVIEN CO., LTD...

1. An evaporative cooler comprising:a main body (10) including an air supply inlet (11) into which indoor air and outdoor air flow, an air supply outlet (12) through which the indoor air and the outdoor air flowing into through the air supply inlet (11) are discharged to an interior through an air supply passage (P1) via a dry channel (DC), and a bleeding inlet (13) into which the indoor air flows, and a bleeding outlet (14) through which the indoor air flowing into through the bleeding inlet (13) is discharged to an outside through a bleeding passage (P2) via a wet channel (WC);
a heat exchange unit (20) having the dry channel (DC) and the wet channel (WC) and configured to cool air passing through the dry channel (DC) by using evaporative latent heat of water via the wet channel (WC);
a water tank (50), wherein the water tank collects water which is not evaporated while passing through the wet channel (WC), and circulates and supplies the collected water to the wet channel (WC); and
a bleeding blower (40) provided at the bleeding inlet (13), wherein the bleeding blower pressures transfer air passing through the bleeding passage (P2) and, as a result, dries the wet channel (WC) and the water tank (50),
wherein the air supply passage (P1) and the bleeding passage (P2) are spatially separated from each other such that a fluid passing through the bleeding passage (P2) is prevented from being mixed to flow into the air supply passage (P1) and flow in the interior.

US Pat. No. 10,393,399

TARGETED CLEAN AIR DELIVERY

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An air purification system comprising:an air purification apparatus that includes
(a) an air inlet,
(b) an air outlet for expelling air in a target direction into a region, wherein the air outlet includes an adjustment mechanism arranged to adjust said target direction in response to a target direction adjustment signal for aiming the air outlet at the face of a person in said region,
(c) at least one pollutant removal structure disposed in between the air inlet and the air outlet, and
(d) an air displacement apparatus for displacing air from the air inlet to the air outlet through the at least one pollutant removal structure;
a breathing sensor adapted to determine a breathing parameter of the person, wherein the breathing parameter comprises at least an inhalation or an exhalation phase of a breathing cycle of the person at which the air outlet is aimed, wherein the air purification apparatus is configured to expel said air via the air outlet as a function of said breathing parameter; and
a controller coupled to the air outlet and/or the air displacement apparatus, wherein responsive to the breathing parameter determined via the breathing sensor, the controller is arranged to increase an air flow rate and/or reduce the air flow rate of air expelled in the target direction, further comprising a suction device including:
a suction port arranged to capture air exhaled by the person, said suction port including (i) a suction device and (ii) at least one sensor including the breathing sensor adapted to determine the breathing parameter of the person arranged in said suction port, said at least one sensor being arranged to monitor an analyte of interest in the captured air exhaled by the person; and
a monitoring device arranged to monitor vital signs of the person from sensor data provided by the at least one sensor as the breathing parameter, wherein the air purification apparatus is configured to expel said air as a function of the vital signs monitored by said monitoring device, wherein the at least one sensor is at least one of: an O2 sensor, a relative humidity sensor and a gas temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,393,398

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING USE OF PLUG-IN AIR CONDITIONERS AND PORTABLE HEATERS

EcoFactor, Inc., Redwood...

1. An apparatus for controlling a window-mounted air conditioner comprising:a load control device comprising at least one microprocessor configured to control the connection or disconnection of electric power to said window-mounted air conditioner, said at least one microprocessor further configured to obtain temperature measurements and communicate over a network;
a remote server capable of sending messages to and receiving messages from said load control device, and capable of receiving messages from a utility to reduce electricity demand;
wherein said messages sent from said load control device to said remote server comprise said temperature measurements;
wherein said messages sent from said remote server to said load control device comprise commands to disconnect electric power from said window-mounted air conditioner; and
wherein said load control device is plugged into an electric outlet within the space controlled by said window-mounted air conditioner;
wherein said remote server receives said temperature measurements;
and
wherein said remote server determines whether said window-mounted air conditioner has been connected or disconnected from power during a specific time period at least in part based on said temperature measurements.

US Pat. No. 10,393,396

THERMAL LOAD ESTIMATING DEVICE AND AIR CONDITIONING CONTROL SYSTEM

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A thermal load estimator, comprising:a processor that
receives an actual power consumption of various types of devices installed in a room;
stores therein a predetermined thermal load pattern, the thermal load pattern representing a maximum thermal load at each of certain times of day based on least one selected from the group consisting of a human-body thermal load, a lighting thermal load, or an insolation load in the room;
stores therein a maximum power consumption that is a total value of respective maximum values of the power consumption of the various types of devices in the room calculated from rated values of the various types of devices in the room;
estimates a thermal-load value of the room at a certain time of day subsequent to a time at which the actual power consumption has been measured, based on the actual power consumption at the time at which the actual power consumption has been measured, the thermal load pattern, and the maximum power consumption; and
transmits the estimated thermal-load value estimated by the thermal-load estimator to an air conditioning control device that controls an air-conditioning and heat source system including an air conditioner and a heat source unit.

US Pat. No. 10,393,395

ICE MELTING LOUVER

Aamzon Technologies, Inc....

1. A building comprising:a space or room within the building; and
a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC system), the HVAC system configured to provide air of a certain temperature to the space or room, the HVAC system comprising:
an intake vent for drawing air from an environment outside of the building to use in providing the air of the certain temperature to the space or room;
an exhaust vent for releasing air from the space or room into the environment; and
a louver assembly in at least one of the intake vent or the exhaust vent, the louver assembly comprising:
a blade having an edge exposed to the environment;
a heating element configured to heat the edge of the blade so as to prevent or eliminate accumulation of ice on the edge of the blade;
a first pivot and a second pivot at opposite ends of the blade, the blade being mounted by the first pivot and the second pivot such that the blade is rotatable about an axis defined by the first pivot and the second pivot;
a linkage attached to the blade at a location between the first pivot and the second pivot such that the blade rotates about the first pivot and the second pivot in response to movement of the linkage; and
at least one electrical supply line routed along and in or on the linkage and configured for providing electrical power flow to or from the heating element.

US Pat. No. 10,393,394

SYSTEM, METHOD AND DEVICE TO RECORD PERSONAL ENVIRONMENT, ENABLE PREFERRED PERSONAL INDOOR ENVIRONMENT ENVELOPE AND RAISE ALERTS FOR DEVIATION THEREOF

1. A system for recording a personal environment envelope of an individual, the system comprises:a. a sensor module comprising at least one of a plurality of environmental sensors configured to sense a plurality of environmental parameters of the personal environment envelope surrounding the individual and a plurality of biological sensors to sense a plurality of biological and physiological condition of the individual;
b. a personal environment envelop setting module configured:
i. to define preferred settings based on input from the individual through an user interface;
ii. to machine learn individual's preference of the personal environmental envelope; and
iii. to automatically generate the preferred settings for the individual based on the learning by interacting and interfacing with plurality of environment setting equipment's to achieve the preferred setting for the individual;
c. a processing module configured:
i. to collect data from plurality of environmental sensors regarding ambient environmental conditions with reference to the geographical location of the individual;
ii. to collect data from plurality of external sources regarding ambient environmental conditions with reference to the geographical location of the individual and the personal environmental envelope;
iii. to dynamically process the preferred personal environment data vis-a-vis the ambient environmental conditions by concurrently mapping the personal environmental envelope of the individual with the corresponding ambient outdoor environmental conditions, when the individual moves from a first set of ambient conditions to a second new set of ambient conditions;
iv. to process at least one of the plurality of environmental parameters sensed by the plurality of environmental sensors, the sensed biological and physiological condition of the individual and the preferred settings to generate one or more alerts, wherein the alert indicates a deviation of at least one environmental parameter from a corresponding preferred setting; and
d. a server module configured to receive, store, analyze and machine learn from data of the plurality of environmental parameters and biological and physiological condition, sensed by the environmental sensors and biological sensors from the sensor module and the preferred settings along with ambient environmental data from plurality of individuals for epidemiology study; wherein the system tracks, records, monitors, alert for deviations of environmental parameters and enable preferred settings.

US Pat. No. 10,393,393

DEHUMIDIFIER

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A dehumidifier comprising:a refrigerant circuit in which a compressor, a flow path switch configured to switch a refrigerant flow path, a first heat exchanger, a pressure-reducing device and a second heat exchanger are connected by piping;
a moisture adsorption member arranged between the first heat exchanger and the second heat exchanger and configured to adsorb moisture contained in air flowing in an air path and desorb the adsorbed moisture;
a fan configured to blow air in a space to be dehumidified into the air path, the fan causing the air to flow in order of the first heat exchanger, the moisture adsorption member and the second heat exchanger;
a controller configured to control the flow path switch;
a storage unit configured to store an operation time map used to control the flow path switch; and
a temperature and humidity detection unit configured to detect temperature and humidity in the space to be dehumidified,
the controller being configured to control the flow path switch to switch a first operation mode, in which the first heat exchanger is caused to serve as an evaporator and the second heat exchanger is caused to serve as a condenser to adsorb moisture by the moisture adsorption member, and a second operation mode, in which the first heat exchanger is caused to serve as a condenser and the second heat exchanger is caused to serve as an evaporator to desorb moisture adsorbed by the moisture adsorption member,
the operation time map associating temperature and humidity in the space to be dehumidified with a first time during which operation is performed in the first operation mode and a second time during which operation is performed in the second operation mode,
the controller being configured to acquire the first time and the second time corresponding to the temperature and the humidity detected by the temperature and humidity detection unit from the operation time map, and control the flow path switch in accordance with the acquired first time and second time.

US Pat. No. 10,393,392

AIR CONDITIONER

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. An air conditioner comprising:a case provided with a first and a second indoor suction port, and a first and a second indoor discharge port;
an air conditioning unit to operate according to a heat pump cycle, the air conditioning unit provided with a first heat exchanger to operate as one of an evaporator and a condenser, and a second heat exchanger to operate as the other of the evaporator and the condenser;
a first indoor flow channel connected between the first indoor suction port and the first indoor discharge port, the first indoor flow channel to allow an indoor air suctioned through the first indoor suction port to pass through the first heat exchanger and discharge through the first indoor discharge port;
a second indoor flow channel connected between the second indoor suction port and the second indoor discharge port, the second indoor flow channel to allow the indoor air suctioned through the second indoor suction port to pass through the second heat exchanger and discharge through the second indoor discharge port; and
a condensing unit to receive regenerated air, heat-exchanged with the condenser, from one of the first indoor flow channel and the second indoor flow channel, and perform a heat exchange between the regenerated air and a cooling fluid having a lower temperature than the regenerated air so as to condense moisture contained in the regenerated air,
wherein the first indoor flow channel comprises:
a first main indoor flow channel connected between the first heat exchanger and the first indoor discharge port;
a first regeneration indoor flow channel diverged from the first main indoor flow channel, passed through the condensing unit and connected the first indoor discharge port;
wherein the second indoor flow channel comprises:
a second main indoor flow channel connected between the second heat exchanger and the second indoor discharge port;
a second regeneration indoor flow channel diverged from the second main indoor flow channel, passed through the condensing unit and connected the second indoor discharge port;
wherein the condensing unit comprises:
a regenerated air flow channel connected to the first regeneration indoor flow channel and the second main indoor flow channel to receive the regenerated air, heat-exchanged with the condenser, from one of the first regeneration indoor flow channel and the second main indoor flow channel.

US Pat. No. 10,393,391

REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A refrigeration cycle apparatus comprising:a refrigerant circuit in which a high-pressure shell compressor, a condenser, an expansion mechanism and an evaporator are connected;
a mixed refrigerant circulating through the refrigerant circuit and containing 1,1,2-trifluoroethylene, difluoromethane and 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene mixed with each other,
wherein, in a state prior to introduction of the mixed refrigerant into the refrigerant circuit, a percentage by weight of the 1,1,2-trifluoroethylene is contained in the mixed refrigerant in an amount less than 50 wt %, and a percentage by weight of the difluoromethane is contained in an amount of at least 0.7 times but not more than two times the percentage by weight of the 1,1,2-trifluoroethylene in terms of weight ratio; and
a refrigerating machine oil is enclosed in the refrigerant circuit together with the mixed refrigerant in an amount equal to and up to four times the weight of the mixed refrigerant in terms of weight ratio, the refrigerating machine oil being a solvent for the mixed refrigerant with a portion of each of the difluoromethane, the 1,1,2-trifluoroethylene and the 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene being dissolved in the refrigerating machine oil enclosed in the refrigerant circuit,
wherein the refrigerating machine oil satisfies a relationship that the difluoromethane has a smaller solubility in the refrigerating machine oil compared to solubilities of the 1,1,2-trifluoroethylene and the 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene in the refrigerating machine oil, and the refrigerating machine oil reduces the amount of the 1,1,2-trifluoroethylene contained in the mixed refrigerant enclosed in the refrigerant circuit for inhibiting a disproportionation reaction of the 1,1,2-trifluoroethylene during operation of the refrigeration cycle apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,393,390

OVEN SHELF

I.C.B. NV, Scherpenheuve...

8. An assembled oven shelf, comprising:a rectangular sheet of a glass fiber woven cloth or fabric covered or impregnated with a non-stick layer, which has a loop-shaped border along the length on two opposite sides,
two heat-resistant longitudinal rods which are telescopically extendable and which are located in the loop-shaped borders of the sheet, and the ends of which protrude from the sheet, and two or more heat-resistant transverse rods which removably fit on the longitudinal rods, wherein the transverse rods are of a suitable length or have a tensioning mechanism such that the rectangular sheet does not bend and is optionally tensioned,
wherein the two heat resistant longitudinal rods are configured to allow a variety of shelf widths.

US Pat. No. 10,393,388

CONTROL UNIT FOR A COOKING HOB

Electrolux Home Products ...

1. A control unit for a cooking hob with at least one viewing window, said control unit is attached or attachable below said viewing window and comprises:a plurality of control elements operable from a top side of the control unit,
at least one display arranged on the top side of the control unit,
a control panel forming an unmoveable part of the control unit, and
a plurality of elastic elements for resiliently supporting the display on the control unit,
wherein the control unit comprises a display frame extending around a plurality of side walls of the at least one display for enclosing at least partially the display, and the display frame is formed as a single-piece part and includes the plurality of elastic elements at a lower side, and a sealing lip on an upper side that is directly in contact with the display, and wherein the plurality of elastic elements are positioned between the display and the control panel, the sealing lip positioned between an upper surface of the at least one display and a bottom surface of the at least one viewing window to position the at least one display a predetermined distance from the at least one viewing window.

US Pat. No. 10,393,387

GAS BURNER ASSEMBLY FOR A COOKTOP APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A gas burner assembly, comprising:a burner body having an inner side wall and an outer side wall, the inner side wall spaced apart from the outer side wall along a radial direction, the burner body defining a plurality of inner flame ports and a plurality of outer flame ports, the plurality of inner flame ports positioned at the inner side wall, the plurality of outer flame ports positioned at the outer side wall, a first fuel chamber within the burner body contiguous with the plurality of inner flame ports, a second fuel chamber within the burner body contiguous with the plurality of outer flame ports, the first fuel chamber separate from the second fuel chamber within the burner body,
wherein a carryover duct extends within the burner body between the inner and outer side walls, a first supply duct extends between the first fuel chamber and the carryover duct, a second supply duct extends between the second fuel chamber and the carryover duct, and
wherein the second fuel chamber extends beneath the carryover duct such that fuel within the second fuel chamber is flowable beneath the crossover duct.

US Pat. No. 10,393,386

SYSTEM OF GAS BURNERS, IN PARTICULAR FOR A COOKING TOP FOR HOUSEHOLD USE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A system of gas burners for a cooking top having a pair of concentric burners, the pair of concentric burners comprising:an outer burner equipped with a first cup and a first flame divider;
an inner burner equipped with a second cup and a second flame divider, wherein the first flame divider and the second flame divider include, respectively, a plurality of first apertures and a plurality of second apertures to allow an air-gas mixture to exit, said plurality of first apertures and said plurality of second apertures being oriented to extend parallel to a vertical axis of symmetry of the inner and outer burners;
a first Venturi element of the first cup of the outer burner for supplying the air-gas mixture to a first chamber of the first cup; and
a second Venturi element of the second cup of the inner burner for supplying the air-gas mixture to a second chamber of said second cup, wherein the first Venturi element and the second Venturi element include a first longitudinal axis of symmetry and a second longitudinal axis of symmetry, respectively, that are arranged horizontally, and wherein the first Venturi element is disposed relative to the first cup such that the first longitudinal axis of symmetry is located on an outside of an inner wall of the first cup, and wherein the first Venturi element is associated with a guide partition entering the first chamber that is positioned parallel to the first longitudinal axis of symmetry of the first Venturi element and wherein the guide partition is integral with and tangential to the inner wall of the first cup.

US Pat. No. 10,393,385

STEAM BASED FAUX FIREPLACE

MODERN FLAMES, LLC, Phoe...

1. A device for a steam-based faux fireplace, comprising:a manifold having a first input configured to receive fluid from a fluid source and a first output, wherein the manifold has a first conduit extending from the first input to the first output such that beat of the manifold is coupled to the fluid communicating through the first conduit;
a boiler configured to receive the fluid from the first output, the boiler configured to heat the fluid and generate steam; and
wherein the manifold has a second input configured to receive the steam from the boiler, the manifold having a second conduit extending from the second input to the second output, the second output configured to expel the steam, and also direct the expelled steam.

US Pat. No. 10,393,384

WAVE ROTOR WITH CANCELING RESONATOR

Rolls-Royce North America...

11. A wave rotor comprising a rotor drum mounted for rotation about a central axis of the wave rotor, the rotor drum formed to include a plurality of combustion rotor passages that extend along the central axis,an outlet end plate aligned axially with the rotor drum and formed to include an outlet port aperture extending axially through the outlet end plate along an arc around the central axis and aligned radially with the combustion rotor passages, the outlet end plate includes a leading edge wall and a trailing edge wall spaced apart circumferentially from the leading edge wall to define a portion of the outlet port aperture, and the combustion rotor passages are configured to rotate in a direction from the leading edge wall to the trailing edge wall, and
a first canceling resonator including a body and a neck that cooperate to define a cavity, wherein the neck is narrower than the body and is formed to include a mouth positioned adjacent to the leading edge wall, wherein the outlet end plate further includes a radial outer wall interconnecting the leading edge wall and the trailing edge wall and a radial inner wall radially spaced apart from the radial outer wall and interconnecting the leading edge wall and the trailing edge wall to form the port aperture, and the first canceling resonator extends radially away from the outlet port aperture, and
wherein the body and the neck are formed such that the only entrance into the cavity is through the mouth; and
wherein the first canceling resonator has a tuned frequency about equal to a frequency of the combustion rotor passages passing the port aperture when the rotor drum is rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,393,383

VARIABLE PORT ASSEMBLIES FOR WAVE ROTORS

Rolls-Royce North America...

1. A wave rotor combustor comprisinga rotor drum mounted for rotation about a central axis of the wave rotor combustor, the rotor drum formed to include a plurality of rotor passages that extend along the central axis, the rotor drum extending between an inlet end adapted to receive a flow into the plurality of rotor passages and an outlet end adapted to emit the flow out of the plurality of rotor passages, the outlet end spaced apart from the inlet end along the central axis, and
an inlet assembly positioned adjacent to the inlet end of the rotor drum, the inlet assembly comprising:
a seal plate formed to include an inlet port extending axially through the seal plate along a first arc around the central axis to allow the flow to enter one or more of the rotor passages aligned with the inlet port,
a restrictor plate extending along a second arc around the central axis, the restrictor plate coupled to the seal plate to pivot about the central axis relative to the seal plate to cover selectively a portion of the inlet port and vary an area of the inlet port for the flow to pass through the seal plate, and
a restrictor-plate mover mounted to translate radially inwardly and outwardly relative to the central axis the restrictor-plate mover formed to define a mover surface that is elongated and curved along a length of the restrictor-plate mover, the mover surface abutting and engaging the restrictor plate during radial translation of the restrictor-plate mover relative to the restrictor plate to cause the restrictor plate to pivot relative to the seal plate around the central axis,
wherein the seal plate is fixed against rotation relative to the central axis.

US Pat. No. 10,393,382

MULTI-POINT INJECTION MINI MIXING FUEL NOZZLE ASSEMBLY

General Electric Company,...

1. A fuel injector for a gas turbine engine, the fuel injector comprising:an end wall;
a centerbody comprising an axially extended outer wall and inner wall, wherein the outer wall and inner wall extend from the end wall toward a downstream end of the fuel injector, and wherein the outer wall, the inner wall, and the end wall together define a fluid conduit extended in a first direction toward the downstream end of the fuel injector and in a second direction toward an upstream end of the fuel injector;
an outer sleeve surrounding the centerbody from the end wall toward the downstream end of the fuel injector, wherein the outer sleeve and the centerbody define a premix passage radially therebetween and an outlet at the downstream end of the premix passage, and wherein the outer sleeve defines a plurality of radially oriented first air inlet ports in circumferential arrangement at a first axial portion of the outer sleeve, and wherein the outer sleeve defines a plurality of radially oriented second air inlet ports in circumferential arrangement at a second axial portion of the outer sleeve, and wherein the outer sleeve further defines a first fluid passage arranged between each first air inlet port and extended from the end wall, and wherein a fluid passage wall extends from the end wall within the first fluid passage, the fluid passage wall defining a second fluid passage extended from the end wall within the first fluid passage, and wherein the outer sleeve further defines a first fluid injection port in fluid communication with the first fluid passage and a second fluid injection port in fluid communication with the second fluid passage; and
a thermal management conduit defined by the fluid communication of the fluid conduit and the first fluid passage and the thermal communication of the second fluid passage in adjacent arrangement with the first fluid passage.

US Pat. No. 10,393,381

UNITARY FLOW PATH STRUCTURE

General Electric Company,...

1. An outer wall of a flow path of a gas turbine engine, the outer wall comprising:a combustor portion extending through a combustion section or the gas turbine engine; and
a turbine portion extending through at least a first turbine stage and a second turbine stage of a turbine section of the gas turbine engine,
wherein the combustor portion comprises an outer liner of a combustor of the combustion section,
wherein the turbine portion comprises
an outer band of a nozzle portion of the first turbine stage,
a shroud of a blade portion of the first turbine stage,
an outer band of a nozzle portion of the second turbine stage, and
a shroud of a blade portion of the second turbine stage,
wherein the combustor portion and the turbine portion are integrally formed such that the combustor portion and the turbine portion are a single unitary structure, and
wherein the single unitary structure defines an outer boundary of the flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,393,379

REMOTELY-CONTROLLED CANDLE

CANDLE TOUCH LTD., Risho...

1. A remotely-controlled candle device, comprising:a) an enclosure containing solid combustible material;
b) a wick disposed within said combustible material;
c) a conductor in a form of a vertical rod fixed to a base of said enclosure;
d) an electric unit in which is housed electric and communication equipment and a battery for powering said equipment;
e) a float through which said conductor passes, wherein dimensions of said float are allow said float to float on said combustion material when being in a fluid state of aggregation;
f) an ignition device secured to said float, said ignition device being in heat exchanger relation with an upper end of said wick and controlled by said electric and communication equipment, for controllably igniting said upper end and producing a flame;
g) one or more conductive elements connected to both said electric unit and to said ignition device; and
h) an extinguishing device controlled by said electric and communication equipment for controllably extinguishing said flame,
wherein said electric and communication equipment is operable to receive remote commands from a user device for activating said ignition device and said extinguishing device upon demand.

US Pat. No. 10,393,378

GLOW PLUG AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A GLOW PLUG

BorgWarner Ludwigsburg Gm...

1. A method for producing a glow plug, comprising:connecting a glow pin to an inner pole;
arranging the glow pin and the inner pole in a body such that the glow pin protrudes from a first end of the body and the inner pole protrudes from a second end of the body;
embossing a structure into a section of the inner pole which protrudes from the body in the finished glow plug;
wherein the structure is embossed by two opposite facing stamps that are pressed against the inner pole and at least one of the two stamps has a flat end face having elevations and/or indentations for embossing the structure;
wherein after a first embossing step, the two stamps are pressed against the inner pole again after being offset in the circumferential direction, and a second embossing step is then performed.

US Pat. No. 10,393,377

DIRECTIONAL FIRE-STARTING SYSTEM, METHOD, AND DEVICE

1. A directional fire-starting device, having a front and a back, comprising:a. a tube-shaped housing, defining a longitudinal dimension and further defining a slot extending longitudinally along the tube-shaped housing, the slot having a front end positioned near the front of the device, the tube-shaped housing further defining a flint chamber, having an open end at the front of the device;
b. a flint positioned inside the flint chamber, and separated by void space from the tube-shaped housing, and having a surface portion that extends adjacent to, and is thereby transversely accessible through, substantially the entirety of the slot; and
c. a striker having a first portion and a second portion, and wherein the first portion is sized to fit through the slot and extend to the flint as the second portion extends from the slot outwardly from the tube-shaped housing;
d. whereby a user may hold the striker by the second portion, extend the first portion through the slot at the back of the slot, and push the striker against the flint material as the striker is rapidly moved from the back to the front of the slot, thereby causing sparks to fly out of the flint chamber open end at the front of the device.

US Pat. No. 10,393,376

INDOOR INSTALLATION TYPE COMBUSTION APPARATUS

RINNAI CORPORATION, Aich...

1. An indoor installation type combustion apparatus having housed inside an exterior case: a burner;a combustion box for enclosing a combustion space of air-fuel mixture ejected from the burner; and
an exhaust duct through which exhaust gas discharged from the combustion box flows, an upper surface of the exterior case having formed therein:
a cylindrical exhaust connection port which is in communication with the exhaust duct and which is connectable to an exhaust pipe;
a first cylindrical air supply connection port which is connectable to an air supply pipe of double-pipe system containing therein the exhaust pipe and which encloses the exhaust connection port; and
a second cylindrical air supply connection port which is connectable to an air supply pipe of twin-pipe system which is separate from, and independent of, the exhaust pipe, wherein:
an air supply box which is in communication with both the first and the second air supply connection ports is disposed,
an outlet opening is formed at one place of the air supply box so that the air flowing in from an arbitrary air supply connection port between the first and the second air supply connection ports is discharged into an inner space of the exterior case,
wherein a supply-air filter to collect foreign matters in the air is mounted in the outlet opening, and
wherein a part of the air supply box is constituted by a part of the exterior case.

US Pat. No. 10,393,375

PRESSURIZED OXYCOMBUSTION PROCESS

ITEA S.P.A., Milan (IT)

1. An oxycombustion process wherein a combustor is fed with a fuel, a comburent, and compounds, the compounds having a form of coherent aggregates and comprising a Young modulus ?104 MPa and sizes higher than 75 ?m for at least 60% by weight of granulometric distribution,wherein the aggregates have the above properties when the aggregates are introduced into the combustor, and wherein an amount of aggregates with respect to fuel ashes, which are generated by the combustion process, ranges from ?5% in % by weight up to at most 1:1 by weight, the combustor being isothermal and flameless.

US Pat. No. 10,393,373

OXYGEN-FUEL BURNER WITH CAVITY-ACTUATED MIXING

Air Products and Chemical...

1. A burner comprising:a first annular conduit in fluid flow communication with a supply of an annular gas, the annular gas comprising one of oxygen and a gaseous fuel, the first annular conduit having a first inner wall and a first outer wall;
a central conduit located within the first annular conduit and being in fluid flow communication with a supply of a central gas, the central gas comprising the other of oxygen and a gaseous fuel, the central conduit having a central outer wall and an outlet plane; and
a symmetric cavity formed in at least one of the central outer wall, the first inner wall, and the first outer wall, the cavity being positioned proximal to and a non-zero distance upstream of the outlet plane of the central conduit, the cavity having a length, a depth, and an aspect ratio defined as the length divided by the depth, the depth being at least 10% of the hydraulic diameter of the conduit bounded by the wall in which the cavity is formed, the aspect ratio being from 1 to 10;
wherein the cavity has an upstream wall, a bottom wall, and a downstream wall, and wherein the upstream wall and the downstream wall each adioin the bottom wall at the same relative angle to render the cavity symmetric in the upstream-downstream direction, and wherein the length is a distance between the upstream wall and the downstream wall, and wherein the depth is a height of one of the upstream wall and the downstream wall; and
wherein the cavity is formed in the central outer wall.

US Pat. No. 10,393,372

APPARATUS FOR FIRING AND COMBUSTION OF SYNGAS

ENTECH-RENEWABLE ENERGY S...

1. An apparatus for firing and combusting syngas, the apparatus comprising a vessel having:a first chamber with an inlet for receiving syngas from a gasifier, the first chamber being configured to receive a diluent fluid to dilute the syngas to a predetermined composition;
an ignition chamber provided with an auxiliary burner to ignite the diluted syngas;
a combustion chamber provided with an inlet for introducing a combustion agent for combusting the ignited syngas; and
a retention chamber for retaining the resulting combustion products for a predetermined residence period, the retention chamber being provided with an outlet for withdrawing said combustion products.

US Pat. No. 10,393,370

DUAL VENTURI FOR COMBUSTION APPARATUS

KYUNGDONG NAVIEN CO., LTD...

1. A dual venturi for a combustion apparatus, comprising: a housing configured as a cylindrical duct, divided therein by a partition wall to have a primary passage and a secondary passage, and having a primary gas inlet pipe formed at a side portion of the primary passage;a damper located within the secondary passage of the housing to open and close a flow of secondary air along with rotation of the damper, the damper including a hollow cylindrical portion and a damper hole disposed on the hollow cylindrical portion at a first circumference thereof;
a secondary gas inlet pipe fixed to the housing and having one end engaged with the damper inside the hollow cylindrical portion and having a secondary gas outlet formed at a second circumference thereof, wherein the first circumference is located in line with the second circumference in a lateral direction, secondary gas being introduced into the other end of the secondary gas inlet pipe, the secondary gas outlet selectively communicating with the damper hole according to a rotation angle of the damper when the damper rotates with respect to the secondary gas inlet pipe; and
a motor disposed outside the housing and having a rotary shaft coupled to the damper such that the damper is rotated, wherein the damper includes a first protrusion piece protrudingly formed at an inner side of a central portion of the damper, the first protrusion piece having a first protrusion and a first recess continuously connected to the first protrusion, and wherein the secondary gas inlet pipe includes:
a moving body moving upward or downward along an inner peripheral surface of the secondary gas inlet pipe along with rotation of the damper, the moving body having a second protrusion piece, the second protrusion piece having a second protrusion and a second recess continuously connected to the second protrusion, wherein the second protrusion piece is formed to engage with the first protrusion piece and the first recessed portion formed on an outer peripheral surface thereof so that the secondary gas flows in an inner wall of the secondary gas inlet pipe;
a spring for elastically supporting the moving body; and
a spring fixing portion coupled to an upper portion of the moving body to support the spring, the spring fixing portion having a second recessed portion formed on a circumference thereof so as to form a passage so that the secondary gas flows in the inner wall of the secondary gas inlet pipe,
wherein the flow of the secondary gas is blocked when the second protrusion piece of the moving body engages with the first protrusion piece, and
wherein, when the moving body is moved upward by rotation of the damper while the second protrusion piece and the first protrusion piece are changed from a position at which the first recess and the second protrusion are in contact with each other to a position at which the first and second protrusions are in contact with each other, the secondary gas flows between an inner wall surface of the secondary gas inlet pipe and the first and second recessed portions respectively formed at the moving body and the spring fixing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,393,369

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FLUID MEDIUM PREHEATING

General Electric Company,...

1. A preheating system for preheating a fluid medium, comprising:a Low Pressure Economizer (LPE) in a Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG), the LPE comprising an inlet and an outlet;
a feed line to feed the fluid medium to the LPE, wherein the feed line is joined to the inlet of the LPE;
a recirculation line connected between the outlet and the inlet of the LPE and arranged to recirculate the fluid medium from the outlet of the LPE to the inlet of the LPE;
a heat shift configuration to increase an operational pressure of steam in an evaporator of the HRSG to shift heat to the LPE or to the feed line to increase heat gain in the fluid medium;
a temperature control circuit operably connected to the feed line and the recirculation line, and configured to send signals to actuate and de-actuate the recirculation of the fluid medium based on the required minimum temperature of the fluid medium at the inlet of the LPE—in order to maintain the required minimum temperature as required by the HRSG; and
a measurement element circuit operably connected to the temperature control circuit and to the HRSG, the measurement element configured:
to enable calculation of the required minimum temperature at which the fluid medium is required to be kept for recirculation in the HRSG, based on parameters of the HRSG; and
to enable the temperature control circuit to send signals to actuate and de-actuate the recirculation of the fluid medium based on the calculated required minimum temperature to recirculate the fluid medium from the recirculation line.

US Pat. No. 10,393,368

SAW BLADE POSITIONING DEVICE

1. A saw blade positioner for aiding in correctly positioning a reciprocating saw blade within a tube stub for making longitudinal cuts to an interior surface of the tube stub, said saw blade positioner comprisinga housing, said housing being substantially cylindrical, having a proximate end, a distal end, and an outside diameter less than an inside diameter of the tube stub,
said housing having an interior channel, said interior channel spanning said housing from its proximate end to its distal end, said interior channel having an inner back wall, said inner back wall being substantially planar, said interior channel having a pair of inner side walls, each located substantially perpendicular to the inner back wall and substantially parallel to each other, each inner side wall being substantially planar, and
said housing having an access slot through an exterior surface of said housing, said access slot in communication with said interior channel of said housing, said access slot located opposite said inner back wall of said interior channel of said housing and aligned with a longitudinal axis of said housing, said access slot spanning said housing from its proximate end to its distal end, said access slot configured to allow the saw blade to be positioned at least partly within the interior channel of said housing and at least partly outside said housing;
a biasing mechanism, said biasing mechanism being located within the interior channel of the housing, said biasing mechanism having an outer surface, said outer surface being substantially planar and oriented substantially parallel to the inner back wall of the interior channel of the housing and oriented towards and aligned with the access slot of the housing, whereby said biasing mechanism is configured to be manipulated such that it dynamically moves its outer surface in a first direction away from the inner back wall of the interior channel of the housing and dynamically moves its outer surface in a second direction towards the inner back wall of the interior channel of the housing; and
a blade guide, said blade guide formed into the outer surface of the biasing mechanism, said blade guide oriented substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the housing, said blade guide configured to accommodate the reciprocating saw blade such that a non-cutting portion of the reciprocating saw blade travels within the blade guide and cutting teeth of the reciprocating saw blade extend upward from the blade guide;wherein the biasing mechanism comprisesa first support wedge, said first support wedge having a long end, a short end substantially parallel to the long end, a base surface substantially perpendicular to the long end and to the short end, a pair of side surfaces substantially parallel to each other and substantially perpendicular to the long end, the short end, and the base surface, and a planar inclined surface located opposite the base surface and oriented at an acute first angle to the long end, whereby the first support wedge is configured to be placed within the interior channel of the housing, the base surface of the first support wedge is configured to be placed against and to slide along the inner back wall of the interior channel of the housing, and the side surfaces of the first support wedge are configured to be placed against and to slide along the inner side walls of the interior channel of the housing;
a second support wedge, said second support wedge having a long end, a short end substantially parallel to the long end, a base surface substantially perpendicular to the long end and to the short end, a pair of side surfaces substantially parallel to each other and substantially perpendicular to the long end, the short end, and the base surface, and a planar inclined surface located opposite the base surface and oriented at an acute second angle to the long end, said second angle being substantially equivalent to the first angle, whereby the second support wedge is configured to be placed within the interior channel of the housing, with the inclined surface of the second support wedge configured to be placed onto and to slide against the inclined surface of the first support wedge, with the base surface of the second support wedge being the outer surface of the biasing mechanism, and with the side surfaces of the second support wedge configured to be placed against and to slide along the inner side walls of the interior channel of the housing; and
a positioning means suitable for moving the first support wedge in a forward direction substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the housing and in a rearward direction opposite the forward direction;
wherein the second support wedge has substantially the same shape and dimensions as the first support wedge, the first and second support wedges are oriented so that the long end of the first support wedge is proximate to the short end of second support wedge and the short end of the first support wedge is proximate to the long end of the second support wedge, the side surfaces of the first support wedge are substantially coplanar with the side surfaces of the second support wedge, and the base surface of the first support wedge is substantially parallel to the base surface of the second support wedge;
whereby the reciprocating saw blade is placed into the blade guide of the biasing mechanism of the saw blade positioner, the saw blade positioner is placed into the tube stub, and the biasing mechanism is manipulated to dynamically move its outer surface and the blade guide formed therein in either or both the first direction and the second direction, where moving the first support wedge of the biasing mechanism in the forward direction causes the long end of the first support wedge to move towards the long end of the second support wedge, with the inclined surface of the first support wedge sliding along the inclined surface of the second support wedge, thereby moving the second support wedge in the first direction away from the inner back wall of the interior channel of the housing and moving the blade guide through the access slot of the housing and out of the interior channel of the housing, and moving the first support wedge of the biasing mechanism in the rearward direction causes the short end of the first support wedge to move towards the short end of the second support wedge, with the inclined surface of the first support wedge sliding along the inclined surface of the second support wedge, thereby allowing the second support wedge to move in the second direction toward the inner back wall of the interior channel of the housing and moving the blade guide through the access slot of the housing into the interior channel of the housing, resulting in the raising or lowering of the reciprocating saw blade, so that a depth of a longitudinal cut created by the reciprocating saw blade into the interior surface of the tube stub can be precisely controlled.

US Pat. No. 10,393,367

MULTI-ANGLE SLUDGE LANCE

BWXT Nuclear Energy, Inc....

1. A sludge lancing system for use in a steam generator including a no tube lane disposed between a first bank of tubes and a second bank of tubes that are transverse to a horizontal reference plane, comprising:a rail that extends through the no tube lane and includes a longitudinal center axis that is parallel to the reference plane; and
a first lancing head, comprising:
a body defining a conduit;
a nozzle assembly that is mounted to the body and is pivotable with respect to the body about an axis of rotation, the nozzle assembly including a manifold defining a conduit that is in fluid communication with the conduit of the body, a first nozzle that is mounted to the manifold and defines a conduit that generates a lancing fluid jet; and
a second nozzle that is mounted to the manifold and defines a conduit that generates a lancing fluid jet, the first nozzle and the second nozzle defining an acute angle therebetween,
wherein a longitudinal center axis of the conduit of the first nozzle and a longitudinal center axis of the second nozzle lie in a first vertical plane that is transverse to the longitudinal center axis of the rail so that the lancing fluid jets of the first nozzle and the second nozzle are disposed in the first vertical plane when the manifold is pivoted about the axis of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,393,366

TORQUE WRENCH PROVIDED WITH ILLUMINATION STRUCTURE AND INDICATED GRADUATIONS

TORQUE-TECH PRECISION CO....

1. A torque wrench provided with illumination structure and indicated graduations comprising a tubular body, said tubular body having one end installed with a driving head, said tubular body having another end combined with a grip, said tubular body further comprising a torque adjustment mechanism, said torque adjustment mechanism rotatably provided in said tubular body, and characterized by:said tubular body formed with an outer tube wall and an inner tube wall, said outer tube wall radially bored with at least one insert hole passing through said inner tube wall and further radially bored with at least one illumination hole passing through said inner tube wall at a location adjacent to said insert hole, said illumination hole bored from said outer tube wall toward said insert hole but not directly communicating with said insert hole;
said torque adjustment mechanism formed with a graduated ring, said graduated ring provided at a location corresponding to said insert hole, said graduated ring having an outer circumferential wall annularly provided with at least one graduation marked portion, graduations of said graduation marked portion able to be revealed at said insert hole, wherein an interval kept between said graduation marked portion and said inner tube wall of said tubular body to form a light passageway for connecting said illumination hole and said interval and said insert hole;
said grip bored with at least one first communication hole corresponding to said insert hole, said first communication hole installed therein with a lens so that a user is able to watch magnified graduations of said graduation marked portion via said lens;
a control unit provided with at least one light-emitting element, said light-emitting element installed at a location corresponding to said illumination hole, wherein axial irradiation of said light-emitting element passing through said illumination hole and said interval toward said graduation marked portion, said light-emitting element electrically connected with a power source, said power source supplying electricity for actuating said light-emitting element to emit light, said light-emitting element electrically connected with a control member, said control member controlling said light-emitting element to start and stop operation;
thus, light emitted by said light-emitting element passing through said illumination hole and said interval toward said graduation marked portion after a user starts said light-emitting element, thereafter reflected light of said graduation marked portion passing through said insert hole and then passing out of said lens, under circumstances of no external light, light of said light-emitting element able to correspondingly illumine graduations directly beneath said lens via said light passageway to enable a user to clearly read the graduations, alternately under circumferences of having external light, light of said light-emitting element transmitted via said light passageway able to effectively lessen scattered light produced when external light shines upon the surface of said lens or shines into said lens, letting a user able to clearly read the graduations;
said grip being bored with at least one second communication hole corresponding to said illumination hole, said light-emitting element positioned in said second communication hole; and
said grip being further provided with a communication groove communicating with said second communication hole, said control unit being provided with a circuit board received in said communication groove, said circuit board installed thereon with said light-emitting element, said light-emitting element positioned in said second communication hole.

US Pat. No. 10,393,365

WHEELCHAIR LIGHTING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Revolights, Inc., Emeryv...

1. A lighting system for a wheelchair wheel comprising:a plurality of light emitting elements;
a toroidal rim configured to accommodate the light emitting elements and mount to a wheelchair, the rim laterally offset along a perpendicular vector from a plane defined by two radius vectors of the wheel;
a controller coupled to the light emitting elements allowing the lights to toggle between a lit state emitting light at full power and a dim state emitting light at less than full power.

US Pat. No. 10,393,364

ILLUMINATED MOUSE PAD STRUCTURE WITH SEPARABLE CONTROL MODULE

HADES-GAMING CORPORATION,...

1. A mouse pad structure, comprising:a pad;
a light source module installed in the pad;
a control member disposed corresponding to the pad; and
a bendable wire, one end of the bendable wire being electrically connected to the light source module, the other end of the bendable wire being electrically connected to the control member, the bendable wire being provided for adjusting a distance between the control member and the pad,
wherein a recess is formed at one side of a bottom of the control member adjacent to the bendable wire, the bendable wire has a plurality of bent sections, and the bendable wire is collapsed and received inside the recess by means of the bent sections.

US Pat. No. 10,393,363

ILLUMINATION DEVICE FOR A FLUID DELIVERY APPARATUS

Delta Faucet Company, In...

1. A sprayhead comprising:a housing defining a longitudinal axis;
a waterway received within the housing;
a sprayface fluidly coupled to the waterway and supporting a water outlet; and
an illumination device supported by the housing, the illumination device including a substrate, a plurality of light emitters supported by the substrate, and a translucent light pipe defining a closed loop to diffuse light from the light emitters outwardly away from the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,393,362

ILLUMINATED HANDLE SYSTEM

1. An illuminated handle system for a cabinet, comprising:a handle comprising:
a gripping member having an interior volume;
at least one support member configured to secure to a cabinet door via a fastener;
a light source disposed within the gripping member, wherein the light source is operably connected to a first power source;
a microprocessor operably connected to the light source, wherein the microprocessor is configured to actuate the light source;
a first transceiver operably connected to the microprocessor, configured to receive a wirelessly transmitted signal;
a motion sensor comprising a housing having a second power source and a second transceiver, wherein the motion sensor is configured to transmit a wireless signal to the first transceiver disposed within the handle when motion is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,393,361

INDOOR/OUTDOOR GARDEN HOSE LAMP

1. An indoor/outdoor lamp comprising:a lamp exterior body having a tubular housing constructed of a conventional garden hose;
a pre-shaped rigid interior vertical support element mounted within said lamp tubular housing in a significant portion for vertically supporting and elevating the tubular housing and a pre-shaped rigid support base portion mounted inside said lamp tubular housing to support said vertical portion on a flat surface such as a floor or ground;
a light source for emitting light;
a light source fixture containing said light source connected to one end of said lamp body tubular housing, said light source fixture constructed as a manually actuated water spray nozzle for a garden hose;
a pair of electrical wires;
an electrical power source;
said light source fixture including a pair of power wires connected to said light source electrical power source;
a light switch;
said light switch and said pair of electrical wires connected between said power source inside said light source fixture and said electrical power source;
said light source fixture being water resistant.

US Pat. No. 10,393,360

LED LUMINAIRE HAVING LATERAL COOLING FINS AND ADAPTIVE LED ASSEMBLY

Hubbell Incorporated, Sh...

1. A luminaire housing comprising: a core having a top, a bottom, a first side, and a second side; and a group of cooling fins comprising at least three cooling fins that project laterally outwardly from the first side in a downward slope, the group of cooling fins each terminating laterally in a distal edge and each having a reach defined by the lateral distance of its respective distal edge from a medial longitudinal vertical plane of the housing, wherein the reaches of the group of cooling fins are nonuniform.

US Pat. No. 10,393,359

EMBEDDED LED DOWNLIGHT

SHANGHAI HAIFENG ELECTRIC...

1. An embedded LED downlight, comprising a main housing (1) and a junction box (2) fixedly connected to each other, wherein:the main housing (1) is of cylindrical structure having an open end, a closed end and an accommodating space formed therein;
a light transmission component (3) is fixed to an opening (11) at the open end;
an LED light-emitting assembly (4) and an IC constant-current power supply (8) are disposed in the accommodating space;
the closed end of the main housing (1) is fixedly connected to the junction box (2);
spring clips (5) are hinged at symmetrical positions on an outer circumferential surface of the main housing (1) close to the opening (11), respectively; and
the main housing (1) and the junction box (2) are both made of flame-resistant plastic material at a fireproofing grade of 5VA.

US Pat. No. 10,393,358

ROTARY LIGHT MODULE

VALEO VISION, Bobigny (F...

1. A light module for a motor vehicle comprisingat least one light source that emits light rays,
at least one support bearing said light source,
at least one optical deflection element that deflects the light rays emitted by the at least one light source to form a light beam projected at an output of the light module,
guiding elements that guide the optical deflection element in rotation about an axis of rotation, in order to shift the projected light beam transversely,
wherein the guiding elements comprise a first guiding element borne by the support and which cooperates with a second guiding element borne by the optical deflection elements,
wherein the second guiding element comprises at least one pin secured to the optical deflection elements, and
wherein the at least one pin includes a smooth cylindrical outer surface.

US Pat. No. 10,393,357

COMBINATION BUILT-IN AIR FLOW MECHANISM, GROW LIGHTING AND BUG KILLER

WLC Enterprises, Inc., S...

1. The combination air recirculation, light fixture and bug removal apparatus comprising:a housing, the housing comprising a fan chamber and a separate air chamber;
a fan positioned within the fan chamber of the housing, said fan supported by a fan support wherein said fan is configured to propel air into the air chamber;
an LED light fixture positioned within the air chamber, wherein the fan operates to direct air from the fan chamber into the air chamber such that a portion of the air is propelled about the LED lighting fixture to dissipate heat from the LED light fixture, the LED light fixture emits light having a wave length in a range between 400 nanometers to 500 nanometers and between 600 to 700 nanometers;
a diffuser in the fan chamber to direct air from the fan chamber to the air chamber;
an electric bug killing apparatus positioned in the air chamber;
a filter positioned within the air chamber of the housing; and
a lens affixed to the housing to form part of the air chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,393,356

SURGICAL LAMP WITH BRIGHTNESS REGULATION

1. A surgical lamp for illuminating an operating area, comprisinga plurality of individual lamps of a plurality of lamp groups which, in an activated state, form a respective light beam bundle extending along a longitudinal axis and generating a light field region in an illumination plane, wherein the light field regions of the individual lamps are arranged next to one another and/or at least partially over one another in the illumination plane in such way that a total light field is formed, and wherein plural individual lamps associated with a first lamp group are oriented and arranged relative to one another so that the longitudinal axes of the light beam bundles thereof intersect in a first common focal plane and plural individual lamps associated with a second lamp group are oriented and arranged relative to each other so that the longitudinal axes of the light beam bundles thereof intersect in a second common focal plane arranged at a distance from the first focal plane,
a brightness detection device which is designed to determine an actual brightness value in the total light field, as well as
a control unit which acts on the individual lamps such that the illumination intensity is controlled in accordance with the determined actual brightness value,
wherein the brightness detection device and the control unit are designed in such a way that the control unit is connected to the individual lamps such that an illumination intensity of a first individual lamp of the first lamp group is adjustable in a targeted manner depending on the actual brightness value and is adjustable for brightening or dimming a first light field region independently of an illumination intensity of a second individual lamp of the first lamp group,
wherein the brightness detection device includes a camera, wherein the camera includes a lens having a fixedly set focal length.

US Pat. No. 10,393,355

LIGHTING PATTERN OPTIMIZATION FOR A TASK PERFORMED IN A VICINITY

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A cognitive illumination system comprising:first, second and third light sources;
a servomechanism configured to manipulate the first, second and third light sources in a space and comprising:
multiple guide bars for multiple axes along each of which a first connector, by which the first light source is connectable to the multiple guide bars, is provided, the first connector being movable and configured to redirect and reorient the first light source with two or more degrees of freedom of movement relative to the multiple guide bars;
a mobile stand with a second connector, by which the second light source is connectable to the mobile stand, the second connector being configured to redirect and reorient the second light source with two or more degrees of freedom of movement relative to the mobile stand; and
a ceiling fixture with a third connector, by which the third light source is connectable with the ceiling fixture, the third connector being configured to redirect and reorient the third light source with two or more degrees of freedom of movement relative to the ceiling fixture;
a tracking assembly configured to capture and track objects in the space; and
a processor communicatively coupled to the first, second and third light sources, the servomechanism and the tracking assembly;
wherein the processor is configured to:
receive information about the captured and tracked objects from the tracking assembly;
determine a task being undertaken in a scene in the space from an analysis of the received information leading to an understanding of the scene by the processor;
develop a lighting plan for the task based on the understanding of the scene, the lighting plan being executable by the first, second and third light sources and the servomechanism; and
control the first, second and third light sources and the servomechanism according to the lighting plan in order to execute the lighting plan.

US Pat. No. 10,393,354

LIGHT ASSEMBLY AND ALIGNMENT DEVICE

Andrew Michael Schneider,...

1. A bracket securable to an electrical box and used for installing a light assembly having a rod twistable with respect to a nut, said bracket comprising: a first end; a second end; and a central portion with a center, said central portion having a slot open to a side of said central portion between said first and said second end, wherein the slot has a slot width that is wider than a rod width, wherein the rod can pass laterally into said slot to be aligned with said center of said central portion of said bracket, wherein the rod that is threadably connected to the nut before the rod passes laterally into said slot, wherein said bracket has a first sidewall and a second sidewall, said first sidewall being parallel to said second sidewall, wherein the nut is selectably seated upon said bracket between said first sidewall and said second sidewall wherein said first sidewall and said second sidewall engage the nut to prevent the nut from twisting as the rod twist, thereby allowing the rod to translate with respect to said bracket by twisting the rod.

US Pat. No. 10,393,353

LUMINAIRE AND OUTPUT ELEMENT COUPLING MECHANISM THEREFOR

1. A luminaire assembly for recessed installation within a correspondingly shaped aperture, comprising:two or more luminaire modules mountable end-to-end within the aperture, each one of which comprising a recessable housing having opposed side walls;
an output element securable along and between said side walls to at least partially define an output of the luminaire; and
opposed inwardly biased output coupling structures extending at least partially along respective side walls and adapted to receive and resiliently secure corresponding edges of said output element along said side walls,
wherein at least one of said luminaire modules comprises a curved module, and wherein said output element comprises at least one correspondingly curved output element, and
said output element comprising at least one seamless output element that is securable along and between said side walls of at least two contiguous luminaire modules, and wherein said at least two contiguous luminaire modules comprise said curved module.

US Pat. No. 10,393,352

ELASTOMERIC RETENTION RING FOR LAMPS

The Toro Company, Bloomi...

1. A light assembly comprising:an outer light assembly housing comprising a housing base and a housing top; said housing top being connected to a top of said housing base;
an elastomeric ring disposed within the outer light assembly housing and engaging said outer light assembly housing; said elastomeric ring having a tubular shape with an inner surface forming a passage therethrough; said elastomeric ring having a plurality of lateral grooves located in said passage; said plurality of lateral grooves including a first groove extending around said inner surface; and,
a light bulb having an outer flange disposed within said first groove of said elastomeric ring, such that said elastomeric ring maintains a position of said light bulb relative to said outer light assembly housing.

US Pat. No. 10,393,351

ILLUMINANT DECORATION DEVICE

TAIZHOU HEYSTAR ELECTRONI...

1. An illuminant decoration device configured for use on a Christmas light assembly, wherein the illuminant decoration device comprises: a lampshade, a clamping seat and a light string; the light string comprises a lamp cap assembly and a lead wire comprising a lead wire end and interconnecting the lamp cap assembly; the lamp cap assembly comprises an LED bulb, an isolating pillar and a heat shrinkable sleeve; the LED bulb has a positive electrode bulb pin and a negative electrode bulb pin, the lead wire end is electrically connected to the positive electrode bulb pin and the negative electrode bulb pin respectively through the lead wire, the isolating pillar is arranged between the positive electrode bulb pin and the negative electrode bulb pin, and the heat shrinkable sleeve is wrapped around an outside of the lead wire end, the LED bulb and the isolating pillar; the lampshade and the clamping seat are connected by way of clamping, an inner hole is formed after the lampshade and the clamping seat are connected, the lamp cap assembly fits within the inner hole, and glue is filled between the inner hole and the lamp cap assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,393,350

LIGHT WITH INTEGRAL SPEED RING

The F.J. Westcott Company...

1. A light with an integral speed ring, comprising:a cover having a support flange comprised of segments wherein at least one of the segments has a magnet on a lower surface;
a support plate having an upper surface and a lower surface wherein the upper surface defines an outer channel, wherein the outer channel has a least one recessed segment with a metallic plate located within the recessed segment;
wherein the at least one segment of the cover with the magnet is located in selective contact with the metallic plate located in the recessed segment of the outer channel;
wherein the lower surface of the support plate defines a plurality of fins and an outer diameter of the support plate defines a plurality of outer diameter gaps;
an LED plate with a plurality of LEDs mounted thereon located on the support plate; and
a ring, selectively rotatable with respect to said support plate and located beneath said support plate, said ring having a plurality of apertures located in an outer diameter of the ring.

US Pat. No. 10,393,348

CONFIGURABLE LUMINAIRE

GLINT PHOTONICS, INC., B...

1. An optical system for generating light comprising:an array of concave mirrors for receiving and reflecting light, each mirror having an aperture, where the aperture of each mirror is its light exiting surface;
an array of light sources positioned at approximately a focal plane of the array of mirrors, the array of light sources comprising one or more light sources supported over each of the apertures of the mirrors by a support structure; and
an actuator for controlling relative movement between the array of mirrors and the array of light sources, wherein a light beam emitted by one of the light sources reflected off its associated mirror has a shape and direction controlled by the relative movement between the array of mirrors and the array of light sources.

US Pat. No. 10,393,347

THIN LUMINAIRE

SEOUL SEMICONDUCTORS CO.,...

1. A luminaire comprising:a mixing chamber having an array of apertures in one wall;
a light source to supply light into the mixing chamber, the light source mounted on a wall of the mixing chamber at a location that does not cause light emitted from the light source to directly exit the apertures but causes reflection and scattering of the emitted light within the mixing chamber before passing through an aperture of the array; and
an array of lenses outside the mixing chamber, each positioned to cooperate with a respective one of the apertures to emit light from the mixing chamber as a beam; and
wherein the array of lenses and at least an effective edge of the array of apertures are relatively displaceable parallel to said one wall;
wherein the array of lenses are configured to steer a direction of the beam based on the relative displacement.

US Pat. No. 10,393,346

LIGHT EMITTING MODULE WITH CONCAVE REFLECTING STRUCTURE, DISPLAY DEVICE WITH LIGHT EMITTING MODULE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIGHT EMITTING MODULE WITH CONCAVE REFLECTING STRUCTURE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A light emitting module comprising:a substrate,
a concave reflecting structure on the substrate,
a first planarizing layer on the concave reflecting structure,
a first anode on the first planarizing layer,
a light emitting layer on the first anode, an opening of the concave reflecting structure facing the light emitting layer, and a vertical distance from a bottom of the concave reflecting structure to the light emitting layer being a preset distance, and
a cathode on the light emitting layer.

US Pat. No. 10,393,345

LIGHT GUIDING DEVICE, ILLUMINATION DEVICE, AND REAR VIEW DEVICE THEREWITH

1. A light guide for use in a light emitting device of a vehicle, comprising:a coupling surface for coupling light into the light guide;
a first reflection surface which at least partially reflects incident light by a first angle;
a second reflection surface which at least partially reflects incident light by a second angle; and
a decoupling surface for coupling out light;
wherein the coupling surface, the first reflection surface, the second reflection surface and the decoupling surface are connected to one another,
wherein the coupling surface, the first reflection surface, the second reflection surface and the decoupling surface are arranged so that in response to light beams being irradiated at an irradiation direction, at least a first portion of the light beams are reflected by the first angle upon incidence with the first reflection surface, and are reflected by the second angle upon incidence with the second reflection surface so that light rays are directed towards the outcoupling surface and exit via an exit direction of the light guide which forms an obtuse angle with respect to the irradiation direction,
wherein the coupling surface, the second reflection surface, and the decoupling surface are arranged so that during coupling of light beams in a direction of incidence, a second portion of the light beams from a second region on the second reflection surface reflects the light beams at least partially in such a way that the light beams pass in an irradiation direction from the light guide with the irradiation direction enclosing an acute angle, and
wherein at least one of the first reflection surface and the second reflection surface have a structure that in various regions of the respective reflection surfaces which are spaced from one another by at most 10% the longest side of the light guide, the first and second light beams are reflected up to 15° from each other in different directions, or the at least one of the first reflection surface and the second reflection surface have a structure such that in various regions of the respective reflection surfaces which are spaced apart by a maximum of from 0.5 mm to 2 mm, the first and second light beams are reflected in different directions by 15° from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,393,344

UPLIGHT REFLECTOR FOR LUMINAIRES

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A light fixture assembly, comprising:a light fixture comprising:
a housing that is configured to house one or more electrical components of the light fixture;
a heat sink coupled to the housing,
wherein the heat sink comprises:
a planar base portion having an inner annular edge and an outer annular edge that is larger in diameter than and concentric with the inner annular edge, wherein the inner annular edge defines a circular aperture in the center of the planar base portion, and
an annular outer plate concentric with the inner annular edge and the outer annular edge of the planar base portion, wherein the annular outer plate has a first diameter that is larger than a second diameter of the outer annular edge of the planar base portion, wherein the first diameter is an outermost diameter of the annular outer plate;
a plurality of LEDs coupled to a surface of the heat sink such that they emit light in a first direction, and
one or more reflectors, each having a substantially curved cross-sectional profile,
wherein at least one of the one or more reflectors is coupled to the heat sink and disposed in the first direction of at least a portion of the plurality LEDs such that light emitted by the portion of the plurality of LEDs in the first direction is reflected by the at least one of the one or more reflectors towards a second direction that is substantially opposite to the first direction,
wherein each of the one or more reflectors have an inner edge and an outer edge, and
wherein at least one of the one or more reflectors is coupled to at least one of the outer annular edge of the heat sink and the annular outer plate of the heat sink via one or more tab features of the reflector such that:
the at least one of the one or more reflectors is disposed below the heat sink,
the outer edge of the at least one of the one or more reflectors extends outside the first diameter of the annular outer plate of the heat sink, and
the portion of the plurality of the LEDs is disposed between the inner edge and the outer edge of the at least one of the one or more reflectors.

US Pat. No. 10,393,343

LIGHT FLUX CONTROL MEMBER, LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE, AND AREA LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE

ENPLAS CORPORATION, Sait...

1. A light flux controlling member configured to control distribution of light emitted from a light-emitting element, the light flux controlling member comprising:an incidence surface that is an interior surface of a recess formed to intersect a central axis of the light flux controlling member on a rear side of the light flux controlling member, the incidence surface being configured to allow incidence of light emitted from the light-emitting element;
an emission surface formed to intersect the central axis on a front side of the light flux controlling member, the emission surface being configured to emit, to outside, light incident on the incidence surface; and
an annular groove part formed outside the incidence surface on the rear side to surround the central axis, wherein:
the annular groove part includes:
an outer inclined surface tilted such that a distance of the outer inclined surface from the central axis increases toward the rear side, and
an inner surface disposed on an inner side relative to the outer inclined surface with respect to the central axis,
the outer inclined surface is tilted at an angle at which at least a part of light which has entered the light flux controlling member from the incidence surface and has been fresnel-reflected by the emission surface is reflected in a direction away from the central axis, and
the inner surface includes a plurality of retro-reflection parts configured to reflect the light which has entered the light flux controlling member from the incidence surface toward the incidence surface to pass through the incidence surface.

US Pat. No. 10,393,342

LIGHTING DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE AND MOTOR VEHICLE HAVING THE LIGHTING DEVICE

OSRAM GmbH., Munich (DE)...

1. A lighting device for a motor vehicle, the lighting device comprising:at least one light source; and
at least one layer of a lacquer embodied such that light is coupled into the lacquer for achieving a luminous effect;
wherein scattering particles are provided in the lacquer for output coupling of the light;
at least one reflection structure or output coupling structure on the lacquer for the purpose of influencing a luminance curve where the structure comprises at least one of:
on a light output surface of the lacquer, and
on a surface of the lacquer facing away from the light output surface;
wherein the at least one reflection structure or output coupling structure is an elevation or a depression in the light output surface and/or the surface facing away from the light output surface.

US Pat. No. 10,393,341

TRI-LOBE OPTIC AND ASSOCIATED LIGHT FIXTURES

ABL IP Holding LLC, Atla...

1. A tri-lobe optic for a linear light source, the linear light source defining a light emitting region along an axis, the tri-lobe optic comprising:an optical material forming:
an inner surface and an outer surface; and
a constant cross-sectional profile along a direction of the axis from a first axial end to a second axial end, the cross-sectional profile comprising:
a first azimuthal side relative to the axis;
concave and convex curves relative to the axis, the curves being:
a first concave curve coupled with the first azimuthal side,
a first convex curve,
a second concave curve,
a second convex curve and
a third concave curve,
such that each of the concave curves defines a lobe of the optical material along the direction of the axis; and
a second azimuthal side relative to the axis, coupled with the third concave curve;
wherein each of the inner surface and the outer surface follow each of the concave and convex curves between the first azimuthal side and the second azimuthal side.

US Pat. No. 10,393,340

SELF-HEATING ANTI-ICE-SNOW LED WORKING LAMP

1. A self-heating anti-ice-snow LED working lamp, comprising:a rear shell,
a printed circuit board,
a lens/reflector cup,
a front cover,
a mounting support, and
a power cord, wherein the rear shell and the front cover are connected in a matched mode, wherein the printed circuit board, the lens/reflector cup and an electric heating glass are sequentially arranged on the inner side of the rear shell from the inside out, wherein a waterproof rubber ring is arranged between the lens/reflector cup and the electric heating glass, wherein a pair of electrodes is symmetrically arranged on the electric heating glass, wherein a temperature controller is arranged on the inner side surface of the electric heating glass, wherein the temperature controller is provided with two wires, wherein one wire is connected with the electrode on one side of the electric heating glass, and the other wire is connected with the printed circuit board, wherein the electrode on the other side of the electric heating glass is connected with the printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,393,339

VEHICLE HEAD LAMP

Koito Manufacturing Co., ...

1. A vehicle head lamp comprising:a plurality of lamps arranged in parallel with each other and each including a light source that emits light irradiated to a forward and a heat sink that radiates heat generated from the light source;
a blower; and
a lamp housing configured to accommodate the plurality of lamps and the blower,
wherein each of the plurality of lamps includes a first lamp disposed in a blowing direction where air is blown by the blower, and a second lamp disposed on a flow path of the air flowing through the first lamp, and
the blower includes an air suction space into which the air flowing through the second lamp is sucked.

US Pat. No. 10,393,338

HEADLIGHT AND HOUSING END CAP

1. A headlight housing for adapting a filament headlamp configured motor vehicle to accept a projection headlamp lamp assembly, comprising:a forward divergent end portion having a beam reflector extending rearwardly from a shouldered portion, and a mounting portion having a front face and an aft face and a sidewall defining a cavity dimensioned to receive a projector of the projection headlamp assembly;
an aft cylindrical portion extending from the aft face of the mounting portion, wherein an interior cavity of the aft cylindrical portion is dimensioned to receive a base of the projection headlamp assembly; and
an annular rim defined around the shouldered portion configured to receive a halo lamp of the projection lamp assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,393,337

VEHICULAR HEADLAMP

Koito Manufacturing Co., ...

1. A vehicular headlamp comprising:a first light source in which a normal line to an emission surface of the first light source is directed forwardly and obliquely downward such that a first light serving as a low beam is emitted from the first light source;
a second light source in which a normal line to an emission surface of the second light source is directed forwardly and obliquely upward such that a second light serving as a high beam is emitted from the second light source;
a projection lens that transmits the first light and the second light;
a third light source that emits a third light in response to at least one of an operation of a steering and an operation of a direction indicator; and
an optical member that adjusts a light distribution of the third light,
wherein the first light source, the second light source, and the third light source share a single heat sink.

US Pat. No. 10,393,336

LIGHTING APPARATUS FOR AUTOMOBILE

HYUNDAI MOBIS Co., Ltd., ...

1. A lighting apparatus for an automobile, comprising:a light source configured to emit light beams upwardly;
a reflector located above the light source and configured to reflect light beams from the light source forwardly; and
a light guide configured to guide light beams from the light source forwardly,
wherein the light guide comprises a grooved top surface configured to diffuse light beams in the light guide and a bottom surface inclined with respect to the grooved top surface such that the light guide is tapered along a forward direction,
wherein the light guide further comprises a light receiving surface placed in front of the light source such that the light source is blocked by the light guide when viewed in a backward direction from the front of the light guide,
wherein the light source is arranged such that a light beam from the light source emitted in a first emitting angle proceeds toward the reflector and further such that a light beam from the light source emitted in a second emitting angle is incident to the light guide,
wherein the light guide is spaced from the reflector with a space therebetween such that the light beam emitted in the first emitting angle proceeds to the reflector through the space, is reflected by the reflector, and then proceeds forwardly without passing through the light guide while the light beam emitted in the second emitting angle proceeds through the light guide.

US Pat. No. 10,393,335

VEHICLE HEADLAMP

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. A vehicle headlamp comprising:a surface light source that emits light into a planar surface; and
a reflector that reflects light emitted from the surface light source to the front to form a low beam light distribution pattern having oblique and horizontal cut-off lines, wherein
the surface light source is provided in a perpendicular direction with respect to an optical axis of the reflector, wherein the reflector comprises a plurality of segments having different reflection properties on a reflecting surface thereof,
wherein in the plurality of segments, when looking at the reflector from the front thereof, a hot zone of the low beam light distribution pattern is formed by a first area that is disposed at a great disposition angle with respect to a light emitting surface of the surface light source and a second area that is disposed at a small disposition angle with respect to the light emitting surface of the surface light source, wherein
a diffusing zone of the low beam light distribution pattern is formed by a third area that is disposed at a middle disposition angle between the first area and the second area, and wherein
an area of the second area that illuminates mainly a subject vehicle's driving lane illuminates an area of the hot zone including illuminating an area along the oblique cut-off line in a vicinity of a point of intersection of the oblique cut-off line with the horizontal cut-off line;
wherein the first area is an area spreading from a disposition angle of about 75 degrees to an opposite disposition angle of about 75 degrees across a perpendicular line from the surface light source, and the second area is an area ranging from a disposition angle of 0 degrees to a disposition angle of about 15 degrees on each of left and right hand side areas.

US Pat. No. 10,393,333

DAYLIGHTING DEVICE AND DAYLIGHTING SYSTEM

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A daylighting device installed to face window glass, the daylighting device comprising:at least one daylighting member including
a light-transmissive base member, and
a plurality of light-transmissive daylighting units disposed adjacent to each other in at least one surface of the light-transmissive base member,
at least one shielding member hanging down from the at least one daylighting member; and
a movable unit that moves such that the at least one surface follows a movement of the sun to turn toward an orientation of the sun,
wherein the at least one daylighting member has a first stripe shape along a first direction which is a vertical direction of the window glass, and
the at least one shielding member has a second stripe shape along the first direction,
wherein the at least one daylighting member is a plurality of daylighting members, and
the plurality of daylighting members is disposed continuously in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction,
wherein in a case in which a width of one of the plurality of daylighting members is w, an orientation of the sun with respect to the one of the plurality of daylighting members is ?, and a first distance between the plurality of daylighting members is l, l=w+w sin ? tan ? is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,393,332

ELECTRIC CANDLE HAVING FLICKERING EFFECT

1. An electric lighting device, comprising:a circuit board, having electronic circuitry thereon;
a support coupled to the circuit board;
a light source support coupled to the circuit board and configured to receive and support a light source;
a housing comprising an internal cavity, wherein the housing is configured to couple to the supports and to hold the supports; and
a flame element coupled to the housing such that the flame element is movable with respect to the housing
and where the light source support faces towards the flame element further comprising an electromagnet located on the light source, the electromagnet interacting with the flame element, and causing the flame element to move.

US Pat. No. 10,393,331

LAMP AND ILLUMINATED HARDSCAPE

Hartman Design, Inc., We...

1. A lamp configured for mounting on a structure formed of a plurality of discrete elements stacked one atop another, said lamp comprising:a plate configured to be received between at least two of the discrete elements so that contact between the plate and the two discrete elements retains the lamp in position on the structure; the plate having a substantially planar top side and a substantially planar underside; the plate having a length and a width each substantially larger than a thickness of the plate between the top side and the underside;
a lighting element mounted on the underside of the plate and comprising a light source configured to direct light in at least a first direction perpendicular to the underside; and
a flange extending in the first direction and configured to block the light from the light source in a second direction, the second direction being substantially perpendicular to the first direction and extending away from the two discrete elements when the lamp is mounted on the structure, wherein the plate and the flange are integrally formed from a single piece of metal.

US Pat. No. 10,393,329

LIGHT FIXTURE MECHANICAL INTERCONNECT WITH ROTATIVE JOINING

CURRENT LIGHTING SOLUTION...

1. A light fixture, comprising:a mechanism for attaching the light fixture to another light fixture,
wherein the mechanism includes a set of retractable hooks configured to mate with an end of the other light fixture to attach the light fixture to the other light fixture;
wherein the set of retractable hooks is configured to temporarily position the light fixture in a vertical position with respect to the other light fixture, and wherein the mechanism is further configured to allow the light fixture to rotate to a horizontal position from the vertical position.

US Pat. No. 10,393,328

PORTABLE LIGHT HAVING A PIVOTABLE LIGHT HEAD

Streamlight, Inc., Eagle...

1. A portable light having a pivotable light head comprising:a light body for receiving a source of electrical power;
a light head pivotably mounted at a base end thereof to said light body, wherein said light head includes a light source energizable for producing light;
said light head having a pair of outwardly extending substantially coaxial and cylindrical projections near the base end thereof;
said light body having a pair of substantially coaxial receptacles cooperating with the pair of outwardly extending substantially coaxial and cylindrical projections of said light head for providing a pivotable joint between said light head and said light body,
wherein one or both of the cylindrical projections has a plurality of projections and/or recesses thereon for providing a detent for the pivoting of said light head relative to said light body,
whereby said light head tends to remain in a detent position at certain pivot angles relative to said light body when manually moved to such positions; and
a switch actuatable for coupling electrical power from the source of electrical power to said light source for energizing said light source.

US Pat. No. 10,393,327

LUMEN WAND

20. A lumen wand comprising:a wand portion formed of a transparent or semi-transparent material having a paddle shape with a front surface, a rear surface, a thickness, a length, and a width, the thickness being substantially less than at least the length;
a grip coupled to a proximal end of the wand portion;
a first magnetic component carried on the grip and a second magnetic component carried on the wand portion near a distal end thereof; and
an illumination element that is configured to emit light into the wand portion,
wherein the emitted light is propagated by the wand portion such that light is emitted from surfaces of the wand portion,
wherein the first and second magnetic components are configured to magnetically adhere the front surface or the rear surface of the lumen wand to a front surface or a rear surface of another lumen wand of like construction,
wherein the first magnetic component of the lumen wand is configured to adhere to a second magnetic component carried on a wand portion of the another lumen wand, and
wherein the second magnetic component of the lumen wand is configured to adhere to a first magnetic component carried on a grip of the another lumen wand.

US Pat. No. 10,393,326

EXPANDING MULTI-FACED WORK LIGHT FLASHLIGHT

VECTOR PRODUCTS, INC., B...

1. A combination lighting device comprising,a main light;
a main light head housing the main light;
at least three light arrays;
at least three light panel bodies secured to the main light head, each of the light arrays housing within an associated one of the light panel bodies;
an elongated housing mechanically connected to the main light head;
electrical circuitry/components disposed within the elongated housing;
a rechargeable energy source in electrical communication with the electrical circuitry/components, the energy source disposed within the elongated housing; and
a power button accessible through the elongated housing and in communication with the electrical circuitry/components; wherein the main light head is pivotally secured to a first end of the elongated housing such that the main light head can fully pivot with respect to the elongated housing independent of the at least three light panel bodies when each of the at least three light panel bodies are pivoted outward to a fully extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,393,325

MULTIPURPOSE DISASTER SAFETY LANTERN

THE GREEN GROWTH CO., LTD...

1. A multipurpose disaster safety lantern comprising:a top body in which a lighting light emitting diode (LED) is accommodated, and which has a reflective guide and a lens configured to direct a light beam radiated from the lighting LED, and is formed of rubber having elasticity;
an air discharge protrusion which is arranged on a side surface of the top body to communicate with a space between a front surface of the top body and the lens and is formed of rubber having elasticity, and an inside of which is empty;
a main body which is coupled to the top body and which forms a body of the lantern; and
at least one first LED bar provided on a surface of the main body along a longitudinal direction of the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,393,324

HIGH-INTENSITY, TELESCOPING LIGHT TOWER WITH SAFETY FEATURES

BOSS LTG, INC., Baton Ro...

1. An extendable light tower including:a. a mobile trailer having a floored frame;
b. a tower post mounted to the floored frame;
c. a primary boom pivotally mounted to the tower post;
d. one or more extension booms nested within the primary boom;
e. a pivot controller operatively attached to a pivot winch system, the pivot winch system including a first power source operatively connected to a pivoting winch affixed to the base and operatively attached to the primary boom by cables, the pivoting winch when activated by the pivot controller causing the primary boom and the extension booms nested in the primary boom to be raised to a vertical position;
f. a telescoping controller operatively attached to a vertical winch system, the vertical winch system including the power source operatively attached to a vertical winch affixed to the base and operatively attached to the extension booms by cables, the pivoting winch when activated by the telescoping controller causing the extension booms nested in the primary boom to be raised to a vertical position; and
g. a light section having one or more array of lights affixed to one of the telescoping booms to be the uppermost portion of the light tower during operation, the light section operatively attached to the power source to operate the lights;
further comprising a second safety means to control the movement of the principal boom as it is pivoted into a vertical position, the safety means comprising a vertical stop limit switch operatively connected to a vertical stop limit relay and further operatively connected to the pivot winch system to deactivate the pivot winch when the vertical stop limit switch is activated.

US Pat. No. 10,393,323

LED LIGHT TUBE ADAPTER KIT FOR TROFFERS

1. An adapter kit, comprising:a light tube having electrical connector prongs at a connector end;
a troffer fixture;
a non-powered adjustment clip mechanically connected to said troffer fixture;
an AC powered adjustment strip mechanically attached to said troffer fixture;
a retention clip capable of mechanically attaching a first end of said light tube to said non-powered adjustment clip;
a tombstone fixture electrically connected to said powered adjustment strip, said tombstone fixture for mechanically retaining a powered end of said light tube and for transferring AC electrical power from said powered adjustment strip to said connector prongs;
a fastener for attaching said tombstone fixture to said powered adjustment strip; and
HOT and NEUTRAL line conductors for supplying HOT and NEUTRAL line voltages to said powered adjustment strip;
wherein said tombstone fixture includes:
a base structure;
a front housing having an opening and an upper slot that allows said connector prongs to pass to said opening;
a rear housing attached to said front housing;
a rotatable retention element at said opening and held captive between said front and rear housings, said rotatable retention element for retaining said connector prongs such that said connector end is mechanically supported;
a HOT electrical contact between said front and rear housings;
a NEUTRAL electrical contact between said front and rear housings; and,
a fastener for mechanically attaching said base structure to said powered adjustment clip, said fastener further for provide electrical communication between said HOT electrical contact and said HOT line voltage and between said NEUTRAL electrical contact and said NEUTRAL line voltage;
wherein said rotatable retention element is capable of traveling in an arcuate path to provide electrical communication between said conductive prongs and said HOT electrical contact and said NEUTRAL electrical contact.

US Pat. No. 10,393,322

LED LAMP AND ASSEMBLING METHOD THEREOF

GE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LL...

1. An LED lamp, comprising:a base;
a lamp body coupled to the base;
a light emitting assembly arranged inside the lamp body;
a positioning component fixed on the lamp body and defining a groove;
a driver board electrically connected with the light emitting assembly;
a mechanism including:
a flexible component having a fixed end attached to the lamp body and a free end;
a slot for locking the free end of the flexible component to secure the driver board;
wherein the mechanism is configured to cause an elastic deformation of the flexible component when the driver board makes contact with the flexible component while sliding in the groove; and
wherein the mechanism is configured cause the elastic deformation to disappear when the driver board is in a position where the free end of the flexible component makes contact with the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,393,321

LED LIGHT BULB

ZHEJIANG SHENGHUI LIGHTIN...

1. An LED light bulb, comprising:at least one LED light source including a first LED strip and a second LED strip, each of the first LED strip and the second LED strip having a plurality of LED chips;
a driver arranged in an electrical connection with the LED light source to drive and control the LED light source to emit light;
a base electrically connecting the driver to an outside power source;
a heat sink provided to dissipate heat generated by the LED light source, comprising a supporting portion to support the LED light source; and
a housing coupled to the base to accommodate the LEI) light source, the heat sink and the driver to integrate as the claimed LED light bulb, wherein:
the first LED strip includes a first middle portion and first wings folded and positioned at two sides of the first middle portion, and the plurality of LED chips are placed on the first wings,
the second LED strip includes a second middle portion and second wings folded and positioned at two sides of the second middle portion, and the plurality of LED chips are placed on the second wings, and
the first LED strip and the second LED strip are stacked and electrically connected at the first and second middle portions.

US Pat. No. 10,393,320

METHOD OF FORMING A COMPONENT MODULE

Molex, LLC, Lisle, IL (U...

1. A method of forming a component module, comprising:providing a base, the base being electrically conductive;
providing an insulative layer on the base, wherein a first area is substantially free of the insulative layer;
providing a first trace and a second trace on the insulative layer, the first and second traces extending from adjacent the first area;
positioning a die on the first area;
electrically connecting the die to the first and second traces; and
providing a protective layer over the die.

US Pat. No. 10,393,318

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING PRESSURIZED FLUID

1. A device for supplying pressurized fluid, comprising a first functional assembly comprising a cylinder of pressurized fluid equipped with an orifice in which a first valve is fixed, the cylinder comprising a protective bonnet protecting the first valve and rigidly fixed to the cylinder the first valve comprising an internal fluid circuit comprising an isolation shutter, the device comprising a second valve forming a separate physical entity from the first valve, the second valve being equipped with an internal fluid circuit, the second valve comprising a mobile actuating member for actuating the isolation shutter of the first valve so as to cause the latter to open or to close, the first valve and the second valve comprising respective attachment members forming a male/female quick-connection system for removably connecting the second valve to the first valve, when the second valve is in the position in which it is connected to the first valve, the second valve being partially housed in the bonnet, wherein the first assembly comprises at least one electronic data storage and communications member that can be interrogated remotely and wirelessly using electromagnetic waves, and in that the second valve comprises at least one electronic data reading and communications member for reading, remotely, wirelessly and using electromagnetic waves, the data of the electronic member of the first assembly, the at least one electronic communications member of the first assembly being secured to the bonnet, or is arranged on or around the first valve or is fixed to the cylinder, the second valve, comprising a remote data transmission member comprising data acquisition and processing logic electronics and a data emission antenna for emitting data in the form of electromagnetic radio waves, said logic electronics being connected to or incorporated into the electronic reading and communications member of the second valve and configured to receive data coming from the electronic reading and communications member and to transmit these data remotely.

US Pat. No. 10,393,317

OBVIATING LIQUID INTRUSION INTO A GAS SUPPLY LINE

ArianeGroup GmbH, Bremen...

1. A gas injection device for injecting an expulsion gas into a tank for a liquid, the gas injection device comprising:an inlet pipe for receiving the gas, and
a distributor portion for releasing the gas through a plurality of capillary passages,
wherein the inlet pipe has a first end configured to be connected to a gas supply line and a second end located within a chamber in the distributor portion, and
wherein the capillary passages respectively extend in a direction adapted to a periphery of the chamber, so as to allow for a main flow running, through the capillary passages, along a curve basically tangent to the periphery of the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,393,316

DEVICE FOR CHECKING LEAKAGE OF LIVE STEAM FROM STEAM TRAP

1. A device for checking a leakage of live steam from a steam trap, the device comprising:a body which has a pipe shape having an inlet end portion connected to the steam trap and an outlet end portion opposite to the inlet end portion, allows condensate water from the steam trap to flow into the inlet end portion, and discharges the condensate water to the outlet end portion;
a truncated pyramid part which has a hollow structure, protrudes from a middle portion of the body, and communicates with an interior of the body;
a first steam-water separating means which is formed on an inner surface of the body, and separates re-evaporated steam re-evaporated from the condensate water flowing along the body, wherein the first steam-water separating means comprises:
a first protrusion which protrudes downward from an upper side of an inner surface of the body so as to be disposed adjacent to the inlet end portion, and induces steam-water separation of the re-evaporated steam from the condensate water,
a second protrusion which protrudes upward from a lower side of the inner surface of the body at a distance from the first protrusion toward the outlet end portion, and separates the re-evaporated steam from the condensate water,
a third protrusion which protrudes downward from a portion, where the inner surface of the body and an inner surface of the truncated pyramid part abut each other, at a distance from the second protrusion toward the outlet end portion, and separates the re-evaporated steam from the condensate water, and
a fourth protrusion which protrudes upward from the lower side of the inner surface of the body so as to be adjacent to the outlet end portion at a distance from the third protrusion, and separates the re-evaporated steam from the condensate water;
a second steam-water separating means which is formed on an inner surface of the truncated pyramid part, and separates re-evaporated steam which is separated by the first steam-water separating means and flows upward to an upper side of the truncated pyramid part; and
a temperature measuring means which is installed at the upper side of the truncated pyramid part so as to be positioned in the truncated pyramid part, and checks whether the live steam leaks from the steam trap by measuring a temperature in an interior of the upper side of the truncated pyramid part and transmitting the temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,393,315

CELLULAR STRUCTURES WITH TWELVE-CORNERED CELLS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A cellular structure comprising:a plurality of cells, each cell of the plurality of cells having a twelve-cornered cross section comprising twelve sides and twelve corners creating nine internal angles and three external angles,
wherein at least two of the twelve sides of the cross section have different cross-sectional lengths.

US Pat. No. 10,393,314

OIL TANK FOR A TURBOMACHINE WITH LEVEL MEASUREMENT

Safran Aero Boosters SA, ...

1. A tank for a turbomachine, the tank designed to contain a liquid of the turbomachine, said tank comprising:an inner chamber structured to contain the liquid in the tank,
a wall with an inner surface surrounding the inner chamber, and
a capacitive device structured and operable to measure a level of the liquid within the inner chamber,
wherein
the capacitive device includes at least one electrode, the at least one electrode applied against the wall in order to form the inner surface, and designed to be in electrical contact with the liquid in order to measure the level of the liquid,
the tank further comprising an electrically insulating layer insulating the wall from the at least one electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,393,313

OIL CIRCUIT OF AN AIRCRAFT ENGINE

1. An oil circuit of an aircraft engine, comprising: a tank device, a lubricant pumping device and at least one recirculation pump device,at least one supply line via which oil is supplied from the tank device to at least one load of the aircraft engine and to an accessory gearbox by the lubricant pumping device,
at least one recirculation conduit by which the oil is resupplied to the tank device by the at least one recirculation pump device,
a further recirculation conduit connecting the at least one recirculation conduit to the accessory gearbox,
a valve device that is switchable between at least one open switching state and a closed state, wherein in the open switching state of the valve device oil is supplied to the tank device via the at least one recirculation conduit, and in the closed state of the valve device an oil feed to the tank device via the at least one recirculation conduit is blocked, and oil from the at least one recirculation conduit is supplied to the accessory gearbox via the further recirculation conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,393,312

ARTICULATING COMPONENTS FOR A HEAD-MOUNTED DISPLAY

RealWear, Inc., Vacouver...

1. A device wearable upon a head of a user, the device comprising:a first assembly including a wearable portion;
an arm having a first end portion connected to the first assembly and a second end portion positioned at an end of the arm opposite to the first end portion;
an output display;
a connector connected to the second end portion of the arm and to the output display, the connector including:
a spherical extension,
a spherical bearing sized and dimensioned to mateably receive at least a portion of the spherical extension,
one of the spherical extension and the spherical bearing being connected to the second end portion of the arm, and
the other of the spherical extension and the spherical bearing being connected to the output display,
wherein the spherical extension and the spherical bearing provide a pivotal connection through which at least one cable passes to the output display, and
wherein movement of the spherical extension within the spherical bearing enables positioning of the output display with respect to a visual field of the user when the device is worn; and
an adjustable ring axially aligned with the spherical extension such that it circumscribes at least a portion of the spherical extension, wherein the adjustable ring, when rotated, increases or decreases friction between the spherical extension and the spherical bearing by adjusting a pressure applied to the spherical bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,393,311

SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

1. A support assembly comprising:a tubular apparatus extending from a first end face to a second end face along a longitudinal axis and having a fixed length measured from the first end face to the second end face, the first end face lying in a first plane that is oriented at a first oblique angle relative to the longitudinal axis and the second end face lying in a second plane that is oriented at a second oblique angle relative to the longitudinal axis, the first and second planes intersecting in a line that is noncoplanar and perpendicular to the longitudinal axis;
a first slot formed into the first end face of the tubular apparatus and a second slot formed into the second end face of the tubular apparatus;
a first end cap comprising a first block element having a planar top surface, the first end cap configured to be coupled to a first portion of a support surface so that the first block element protrudes from the first portion of the support surface;
a second end cap comprising a second block element having a planar top surface, the second end cap configured to be coupled to a second portion of the support surface so that the second block element protrudes from the second portion of the support surface; and
wherein the tubular apparatus is mounted to the first and second end caps so that the first block element is positioned within the first slot and an upper surface of the first slot rests atop the planar top surface of the first block element and the second block element is positioned within the second slot and an upper surface of the second slot rests atop the planar top surface of the second block element.

US Pat. No. 10,393,310

SUPPORT ASSEMBLY MOUNTABLE ON VERTICALLY DISPOSED OBJECTS, SUCH AS TELEVISIONS AND VIDEO MONITORS

Suncraft Solutions, Inc.,...

1. A support assembly comprising:a stand including an underside surface configured to be placed on top of a flat screen device and an upper surface configured to support at least one object;
a mount located on the underside surface of the stand, the mount providing a plurality of holes or grooves;
a first set of ratchets including a plurality of extensions sized to be inserted into the plurality of holes or grooves;
an arm presenting a second set of ratchets; and
a fastener positioned and arranged to connect the arm to the mount, causing (i) the plurality of extensions to be inserted into the plurality of holes or grooves and (ii) the first set of ratchets to engage the second set of ratchets, setting the arm at an angle so that a free end of the arm engages the flat screen device while the stand extends at least substantially horizontally from the top of the flat screen device.

US Pat. No. 10,393,309

DEVICE FOR FASTENING ACCESSORY PARTS TO A FURNITURE COMPONENT OF A PIECE OF FURNITURE

1. A device for fastening accessory parts to a furniture component of a piece of furniture, comprising:an accessory carrier having at least one mounting interface for fastening without a tool to the furniture component; and
at least one fastening interface for fastening accessory parts to the accessory carrier,
wherein the at least one mounting interface on the accessory carrier includes first and second holding mechanisms by which the accessory carrier is configured to be detachably mounted on an associated mounting section of the furniture component, and wherein the first and second holding mechanisms are configured for positive locking with the associated mounting section;
wherein the first and second holding mechanisms are opposite each other and define between them a receiving space for the associated mounting section of the furniture component, the receiving space extending in a longitudinal direction of the accessory carrier; and
wherein the accessory carrier has a slot that extends transversely to the longitudinal direction of the receiving space and is open towards an edge side of the accessory carrier and that divides the accessory carrier into first and second carrier parts, wherein the carrier parts are moveable relative to each other such that a distance between the first and second holding mechanisms from the mounting of the accessory carrier on the associated mounting section is enlargeable with simultaneous widening of the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,393,308

SYSTEM FOR GENERATING THE MOVEMENT OF A SUPPORT PLATE IN SIX DEGREES OF FREEDOM

1. A system for generating movement of a support plate in a neutral position, substantially parallel to an XY plane defined by an X direction and a Y direction, said system configured to move said support plate in at least one of six degrees of freedom, corresponding, respectively, to an Xi translation along the X direction and a ?X rotation around said X direction, to a Yi translation along the Y direction and a ?Y rotation around said Y direction, to a Zi translation along a Z direction and a ?Z rotation around said Z direction, with the Z direction being orthogonal to said X and Y directions, said system comprising:at least two control stages carrying the support plate, the control stages superimposed in the Z direction and being secured to each other, at least one of said control stages comprising a first control module configured to generate a translational movement of the support plate in only the XY plane, wherein the first control module comprises:
a first lower plate having an upper face;
a first upper plate having a lower face spaced a distance from and opposing the upper face, the first upper plate movingly associated with the support plate;
at least two movement units having a movable portion capable of reciprocal movement along a reciprocating direction, the at least two movement units fixed on the upper face of the first lower plate;
a straight guide rail coupled to the movable portion of each one of said movement units, such that the straight guide rail moves with the reciprocal movement of the movable portion, each straight guide rail having a sliding direction arranged orthogonally to the reciprocating direction; and
a mobile carriage slidably coupled to each one of the straight guide rails and configured to freely slide along the associated straight guide rail in the sliding direction, each carriage coupled to the lower face of the first upper plate, such that reciprocal movement of the movable portions creates the translational movement of the first upper plate and, thereby, translational movement of the support plate.

US Pat. No. 10,393,307

MULTI-CAVITY, SHRINKABLE SLEEVE AND METHOD OF CONSTRUCTION THEREOF

Federal-Mogul Powertrain ...

1. A textile sleeve for routing and protecting elongate members, comprising:a single piece, monolithic wall of interlaced yarn extending lengthwise between opposite ends of the sleeve, said wall including a plurality of circumferentially continuous, tubular wall sections extending lengthwise between said opposite ends, adjacent tubular wall sections being fixed in laterally spaced relation from another by an intervening single layer section having a plurality of lengthwise extending yarns interlaced with a plurality of circumferentially extending yarns, at least some of said yarn within each said tubular wall section being heat-shrinkable yarn, each said tubular wall section being heat-shrinkable from a first, diametrically enlarged assembly state to a second, diametrically constricted state about a corresponding elongate member contained therein.

US Pat. No. 10,393,306

FATIGUE LIFE EXTENDER

NEXANS, Courbevoie (FR)

1. A fatigue life extender for any one of an electrical cable, a pipeline, a riser, an umbilical, the fatigue life extender comprising:an essentially cylindrical body having a through-going cylindrical passage for receiving the tubular element, wherein the cylindrical body has at least one end portion, at the distal end of which is a mouth portion, wherein a cylindrical band of resilient material is arranged in the interior of mouth portion,
wherein the resilient band has a decreasing degree of resiliency in the longitudinal direction of the cylindrical body from an inner end of the band to an outer end of the band.

US Pat. No. 10,393,305

CURED IN PLACE LINER SYSTEM AND INSTALLATION METHODS

INA Acquisition Corp., W...

1. A rehabilitated host pipe comprising:an existing host pipe extending along an axis;
a sleeve positioned at an end of the pipe; and
a cured in place pipe liner that is cured in place along an inside surface of the pipe, the liner extending along the axis into the sleeve, the liner being bonded to the sleeve to form a coupling section extending out of the end of the pipe along the axis, the coupling section having an inner surface formed by the liner and an outer surface formed by the sleeve, the inner surface and the outer surface being arranged so that a radial line extending from the axis passes through both the inner and outer surfaces;
a coupler mounted on the outer surface of the coupling section so that the radial line that passes through the inner surface and the outer surface of the coupling section also passes through the coupler.

US Pat. No. 10,393,304

PLASTIC UNION WITH INTEGRAL LOCKING STRUCTURE

MAGIC PLASTICS, INC., Va...

1. A plastic pipe union for attaching a male nipple extending from a device to a piping system, the male nipple comprising external threads and an outwardly facing sealing face, the plastic pipe union comprising:a tail piece configured as a cylindrical conduit having an interior and an exterior, the tail piece having a proximal end and a distal end defining a first central axis, the proximal end comprising a proximal end sealing face which mates against the outwardly facing sealing face of the male nipple, the distal end configured to attach to the piping system;
a biasing means disposed between the proximal end sealing face and the outwardly facing sealing face which compresses as the proximal end sealing face seats against the outwardly facing sealing face of the male nipple;
the tail piece comprising a first outer diameter beginning at the proximal end and extending a first length toward the distal end, the tail piece further comprising a second outer diameter extending a second length to the distal end, wherein the first outer diameter is larger than the second outer diameter, and an outer circumferential shoulder is defined by a transition from the first outer diameter to the second outer diameter;
the outer circumferential shoulder having a longitudinally oriented first engagement surface perpendicular to the first central axis, the longitudinally oriented first engagement surface facing the distal end, the longitudinally oriented first engagement surface comprising a first scalloped surface comprising a first raised section and a first lowered section; and
a cylindrical nut member having a device end and a piping system end, wherein a second central axis is defined there between, the cylindrical nut member comprising internal threads configured to engage the external threads of the male nipple, wherein the cylindrical nut member is adapted to receive the tail piece with the distal end of the tail piece extending outside of the cylindrical nut member through the piping system end, the piping system end comprising an internal circumferential shoulder having a longitudinally oriented second engagement surface perpendicular to the second central axis, the longitudinally oriented second engagement surface in facing relation with the longitudinally oriented first engagement surface, the longitudinally oriented second engagement surface comprising a second scalloped surface having a second raised section and a second lowered section;
wherein the plastic pipe union has a locked position when the internal threads of the nut member are made up onto the external threads of the male nipple and the proximal end sealing face seats against the outwardly facing sealing face thereby causing the longitudinally oriented first engagement surface to come into engaging contact with the longitudinally oriented second engagement surface, with the first raised section abutted against a second lowered section and a first lowered section abutted against a second raised section, and the biasing means compressed between the proximal end sealing face and the outwardly facing sealing face of the male nipple.

US Pat. No. 10,393,303

THREADED FITTING FOR TUBE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A tubing assembly for a lubricating fluid delivery to a bearing system of a gas-turbine engine, comprising: a fitting having an inner surface defining an inner flow path for lubricating fluid and having an outer surface defining a first mating surface, the fitting further comprising threading configured to couple to threading of a bearing housing of the bearing system; and a first tube coupled to the fitting, the fitting disposed within the bearing housing, wherein the bearing housing includes a second mating surface in sealing contact with the first mating surface of the fitting; a seal between the fitting and the bearing housing configured to provide a fluid-tight seal between the fitting and the bearing housing; wherein the first mating surface and the second mating surface are complimentary to one another; and wherein first threading on the first mating surface and second threading on the second surface urges the first mating surface together with the second mating surface in response to rotating the fitting within the bearing housing, wherein the first tube is disposed within a second tube, an outer fluid path defined between the first tube and the second tube, and wherein the fitting is configured to fluidly isolate the inner flow path from the outer fluid path, and wherein a first pressure of a first fluid in the inner flow path is different than a second pressure of a second fluid in the outer fluid path.

US Pat. No. 10,393,302

DOUBLE WALL TUBE BOLTED FLANGE FITTING

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A flange fitting for attaching to double wall tubes, the fitting comprising:a fitting center port extending through the fitting for passing a primary fluid flow;
a plurality of flange fitting mounts spaced radially away from the center port for receiving fasteners;
an inner seal surface and an outer seal surface that are predominantly flat;
a connection surface on a side of the fitting opposing the inner and outer seal surfaces, the connection surface comprising:
an inner sleeve connection protruding from the connection surface surrounding the center port for receiving an inner tube; and
an outer connection protruding from the connection surface surrounding the inner sleeve connection for receiving an outer tube;
a plurality of fluid communication ports for passing a secondary fluid flow, wherein the fluid communication ports extend through the flange fitting from between the inner and outer seal surfaces to the connection surface between the inner sleeve connection and the outer connection; and
a circumferential groove between the inner and outer seal surfaces and radially outboard of the outer connection, wherein the fluid communication ports extend at an angle through the fitting from the groove to a portion of the connection surface located between the inner sleeve connection and the outer connection.

US Pat. No. 10,393,301

FLUID CONNECTORS WITH BELLOWS

FasTest, Inc., Roseville...

1. A fluid connector, comprising:a connector body that is connectable to a first fluid system, the connector body including a connection mechanism that is connectable to a tube of a second fluid system, and the connector body defining a fluid passageway that allows fluid to flow between the first fluid system and the second fluid system;
a connector sleeve surrounding the connector body and connected thereto, the connector sleeve being actuatable relative to the connector body between a retracted position and a connected position, and the connector sleeve actuating the connection mechanism as the connector sleeve is actuated from the retracted position to the connected position;
wherein the fluid connector is devoid of coil springs and dynamic seals; and
the connection mechanism includes a plurality of retainment fingers; the fluid passageway is defined by a piston bellows; the plurality of retainment fingers and the piston bellows are an integrally formed, single piece construction; and the retainment fingers are inherently curved outward to an open configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,393,300

CONVERTER HOSE AND METHODS OF USE

Drug Careers Inc.

1. A converter hose comprisinga flexible, hollow self-sealing cylindrical connector comprising a thermoplastic elastomer and having a proximal end for receiving various sized fixtures when in use and a distal end coupled to a first end of a flexible, hollow hose
wherein the flexible, hollow hose comprises a relatively more rigid material than the flexible, hollow self-sealing cylindrical connector;
wherein a single flexible, hollow self-sealing cylindrical connector has properties and dimensions capable of self sealing about peripheries of various sized fixtures comprising both a tub spout with a 1? square opening and a 7? diameter round shower head when in use;
wherein the properties and the dimensions provide a surface area about peripheries of the various sized fixtures to counter a force of a flow rate from the various sized fixtures when turned on;
wherein one of the properties comprises retaining the resting state dimensions after use without deforming.

US Pat. No. 10,393,299

QUICK COUPLING FOR FLEXIBLE TUBE

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A row crop planter comprising:a frame securable to and towable by a tractor;
wheels on the frame for permitting movement over soil;
at least one storage bin for seeds mounted on the frame;
a plurality of transversely positioned row crop units mounted to the frame for planting seeds in the soil;
and,
a quick coupling including a flexible tube having an outer surface;
wherein the quick coupling is secured to the flexible tube for connecting the flexible tube to the at least one storage bin and individual row crop units, the quick coupling comprising:
an outer annular coupling element having a quick disconnect attachment feature and an inner surface defining a central bore, the inner surface including a convex detent formed therealong; and
an annular insert having at least two arcuate sections forming an outer annular surface received within the central bore and an inner annular surface defining a cavity with a diameter sized to receive an end of the flexible tube, the inner surface including a plurality of spaced barb elements engageable with the outer surface of the flexible tube for retaining the end of the flexible tube within the cavity of the annular insert, the annular insert including a groove on the outer surface thereof,
wherein the convex detent formed along the inner surface of the outer annular coupling is engageable with the groove of the outer annular surface of the annular insert for removably retaining the annular insert within the central bore of the outer annular coupling element,
wherein a space is formed on each side of the convex detent and its corresponding groove when the detent engages the groove in an engaged position, in the engaged position the space is formed between the outer annular coupling element and the annular insert, such that the only contact between the outer annular coupling element and the annular insert is via the engagement of the convex detent and the groove,
wherein each barb element comprises an annular rib with a pointed protrusion angled to hold the flexible tube in place, such that each barb element is positioned against an outer surface of the flexible tube when the annular insert and the flexible tube are in an engaged position, and wherein a space is formed on each side of each barb element between the annular insert and the flexible tube,
wherein the quick disconnect attachment feature is a bayonet coupling comprising male tabs and female slots, and
wherein in the engaged position, an apex of the convex detent is positioned between the plurality of spaced barb elements and the apex abuts the deepest portion of the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,393,298

ROTARY UNION WITH EXPANDING RING

Deublin Company, Waukega...

1. A rotary union, comprising:a housing having a fluid inlet;
a rotating machine component rotatably supported in the housing;
a rotating seal member associated with the rotating machine component;
a non-rotating seal member slidably and sealably disposed within the housing adjacent the rotating seal member;
an expandable seal disposed between and sealably engaging a bore in each of the non-rotating seal member and the housing, the expandable seal including two end portions, one of the two end portions engaged to the non-rotating seal member and the other of the two end portions engaged to the housing;
an internal clamp disposed within an end portion of the expandable seal such that the end portion of the expandable seal is compressed between the internal clamp and the bore of the housing; and
a second internal clamp disposed within an end portion of the expandable seal such that the end portion of the expandable seal is compressed between the second internal camp and the bore of the non-rotating seal member.

US Pat. No. 10,393,297

PIPE CONNECTION DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Jungwoo Metal Ind. Co., L...

1. A pipe connection device comprising:a connection member including a projection in which an insertion space is formed in the projection and a pipe is inserted through one end and which is bent in a circumferential direction at an other end and a separation preventing unit which is spaced apart from the projection and protrudes in the circumferential direction; and
a flange member coupled to the circumference of the connection member between the projection and the separation preventing unit so as to contact the projection and having a joining hole penetrated by a joining member,
wherein the connection member includes an insertion region having an inner diameter corresponding to an outer diameter of the pipe and an extension region extended so as to have an inner diameter larger than the inner diameter of the insertion region and having the projection and the separation preventing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,393,296

SEALING GASKET WITH CORRUGATED INSERT FOR SEALING RESTRAINED OR NON-RESTRAINED PLASTIC PIPELINES

1. A pipe sealing gasket designed for receipt within a raceway provided within a female belled socket end of a thermoplastic pipe, whereby fitting the gasket within the raceway allows a mating male pipe having a spigot pipe end to be inserted therein to form a continuous pipe joint, the gasket comprising:a ring shaped elastomeric body having a main body portion formed of rubber which, when viewed in cross section, includes a leading nose region, a lower compression region and a trailing tail region, the leading nose region capable of facing generally towards the female socket end of the pipe once the gasket is inserted within the raceway of the female bell socket end of the pipe;
wherein the leading nose region of the main body portion of the gasket is reinforced by a hard plastic band, the hard plastic band comprising a corrugated ring member formed as a series of interconnected alternating crest and root regions, the hard plastic band being embedded within the leading nose region of the main body portion of the gasket during gasket manufacture;
wherein the alternating crest and root regions define a generally conical area on an exterior region of the hard plastic band and a generally cylindrical area on an interior region of the hard plastic band, the alternating crest and root regions also defining an entire circumference of the hard plastic band, and wherein the hard plastic band has a uniform wall thickness about the entire circumference thereof;
wherein hydraulic pressure due to fluid in the pipe acts upon alternating the crest and root regions of the hard plastic band to push the alternating crest and root regions into tighter engagement with the mating male and female pipe members to prevent extrusion of the gasket from the raceway provided in the female belled socket end of the thermoplastic pipe once a spigot end of a mating male pipe is installed to form a pipe joint and the pipe is conveying fluid; and
wherein the corrugated ring member with its alternating crest and root regions is stretchable from an initial relaxed diameter to an expanded diameter which allows it to be stretched when placed into an injection mold cavity and yet return elastically to an intended diameter as surrounding rubber in the mold cavity shrinks during an injection molding operation.

US Pat. No. 10,393,295

PIPE CONNECTION STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A pipe connection structure comprising:a first pipe member,
an sealing portion of the first pipe member including a first abutment surface in a tapered shape, a diameter of the first abutment surface being increased toward a tip of the first pipe member, the sealing portion being configured to project radially inward from an inner wall surface of the first pipe member, the inner wall surface being adjacent to the sealing portion; and
a second pipe member, an end of the second pipe member including a second abutment surface in a tapered shape, a diameter of the second abutment surface being reduced toward a tip of the second pipe member, the second abutment surface abutting against the first abutment surface by being pressed, the first abutment surface and the second abutment surface abutting against each other at an abutment section, the abutment section being located on a radially inner side of the inner wall surface of the first pipe member, wherein:
the first pipe member and the sealing portion are constructed as a single piece,
the first pipe member and the second pipe member are connected by being pressed against each other in an axial direction of the first pipe member and the second pipe member, such that the sealing portion is deflected by elastic deformation in the axial direction, and
the sealing portion includes:
a pressure receiving seat section including the first abutment surface and abutting against the second abutment surface;
an apex section being a radially innermost section of the sealing portion, the apex section being adjacent to the pressure receiving seat section and extending in the axial direction of the first pipe member; and
a joint section being adjacent to the apex section, the joint section being located on a side opposite to the pressure receiving seat section across the apex section, and the joint section extending from the radially innermost portion of the inner wall of the inner wall surface at an angle greater than or equal to 90 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,393,294

HAMMER UNION CONNECTION AND RELATED METHODS OF ASSEMBLY

FMC Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A hammer union comprising:a male sub;
a threaded female sub;
a threaded union nut disposed around abutting ends of the threaded female sub and the male sub;
wherein the abutting end of the threaded female sub comprises:
an outer contact surface substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the threaded female sub, an outermost diameter of the outer contact surface being equidistant as a minor thread diameter of the threaded female sub from the longitudinal axis of the threaded female sub;
an inner contact surface substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the threaded female sub and having a different axial location along the longitudinal axis of the threaded female sub than the outer contact surface;
an intermediate contact surface between the outer contact surface and the inner contact surface, the intermediate contact surface having at least a portion that is both non-parallel and non-perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the threaded female sub; and
a seal pocket formed on an inner surface of the threaded female sub radially inwardly adjacent the inner contact surface; and
wherein the abutting end of the male sub comprises a complementary contact surface configured to be in contact with at least one of the outer contact surface and the intermediate contact surface of the threaded female sub.

US Pat. No. 10,393,293

COUPLING TO BE CRIMPED ONTO AT LEAST ONE PIPE, SET OF PIPES INCLUDING SUCH A COUPLING, AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING A PIPE WITH SUCH A COUPLING

1. A coupling configured to be fluidically coupled to at least one pipe in a cryogenic air separation unit, the coupling comprising:at least one coupling member having a tubular overall shape and offering a receptacle to accept the pipe, the said coupling member comprising at least one rib of annular overall shape;
at least one crimping ring arranged on said at least one coupling member in such a way as to be moved between an introduction position, in which the pipe can be introduced into said at least one receptacle, and a crimping position, in which the crimping ring immobilizes the pipe with respect to a respective coupling member following deformation of said at least one rib; and
at least one exhaust orifice configured to fluidically connect said at least one cavity to an area outside of the coupling,
wherein the receptacle and the at least one rib are configured to allow the formation of the at least one cavity between the coupling member and the pipe in the crimping position following deformation of said at least one rib during use.

US Pat. No. 10,393,292

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A PIPE SEGMENT

ITP SA, Louveciennes (FR...

1. A method of manufacturing a double-walled pipe segment comprising:providing a connection and transport pipe segment that is provided with first and second threaded reinforced ends;
disposing a female piece around said first reinforced end, the female piece including a wider portion, a cylindrical portion and a narrower portion, wherein the cylindrical portion is between the wider portion and the narrower portion, the wider portion is wider than the cylindrical portion, the cylindrical portion is wider than the narrower portion and the narrower portion comes against a tightening portion of the first reinforced end;
welding or bonding the narrower portion of the female piece to said tightening portion of said first reinforced end;
disposing a thermal insulator around the connection and transport pipe segment and around the female piece;
inserting said connection and transport pipe segment equipped with said thermal insulator into an outer wall segment;
welding or bonding a narrower portion of the outer wall segment to said second reinforced end;
disposing a cover-piece around the female piece, the cover-piece having a cylindrical portion in contact at one end with the wider portion of the female piece and being extended at the other end via a narrower portion coming against the outer wall segment, wherein the cylindrical portion of the cover-piece is wider than the narrower portion of the cover-piece; and
welding or bonding the narrower portion of the cover-piece to the outer wall segment and the cylindrical portion of the cover-piece to the female piece.

US Pat. No. 10,393,291

EXPANDABLE WATER HOSE ASSEMBLY

1. An expandable water hose assembly comprising:a water hose, the water hose comprising:
a flexible outer tube, wherein the flexible outer tube is elastic;
a collapsible water impermeable flexible inelastic inner tube, located inside the outer tube; and
an elastic flexible member, located inside the collapsible water impermeable flexible inelastic inner tube; and
a first and second coupling means;
the flexible outer tube, the collapsible water impermeable flexible inelastic inner tube, and the elastic flexible member being secured at a first end to the first coupling means and at a second end to the second coupling means;
the flexible outer tube, the collapsible water impermeable flexible inelastic inner tube, and the elastic flexible member being movable from a retracted storage configuration to an extended deployed configuration upon application of water pressure within the expandable water hose assembly;
the elastic flexible member being in an untensioned state whilst in the retracted storage configuration and a tensioned state whilst in the extended deployed configuration;
wherein upon removal of the water pressure from within the expandable water hose assembly the elastic flexible member may return to the untensioned state and applies a retracting force to the expandable water hose assembly to urge the collapsible water impermeable flexible inelastic inner tube into the retracted storage configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,393,290

CLAMP FOR CIRCULAR OBJECTS

ERICO INTERNATIONAL CORPO...

1. A clamp to secure a circular object, the clamp comprising:a first clamp member with a first C-shaped cross-sectional profile, the first clamp member having a first clamp portion, an aperture, and a first elongate slot that extends away from the first clamp portion;
a second clamp member with a second C-shaped cross-sectional profile, the second clamp member having a second clamp portion and a first elongate slot and a second elongate slot, each of the elongate slots extending away from the second clamp portion;
the first clamp portion and the second clamp portion being configured to receive the circular object therebetween, to secure the circular object within the clamp, with the second C-shaped cross-sectional profile nested with the first C-shaped cross-sectional profile; and
the first clamp member being secured to the second clamp member with a first fastener extending through the aperture of the first clamp member and the first elongate slot of the second clamp member, and with a second fastener extending through the first elongate slot of the first clamp member and the second elongate slot of the second clamp member.

US Pat. No. 10,393,289

PIPE FIXING DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A pipe fixing device, comprising:a first clamp and a second clamp that fix a pipe; and
a first engaging part and a second engaging part that are fixed to the pipe and engage respectively with the first clamp and the second clamp, wherein
the first clamp and the first engaging part are configured to engage with each other such that the first engaging part is restrained from moving toward one side in an axial direction of the pipe and from moving in a circumferential direction of the pipe relative to the first clamp,
the first engaging part being adjacent to the first clamp in the axial direction of the pipe without overlapping the first clamp in plan view,
the second clamp and the second engaging part are configured to engage with each other such that the second engaging part is restrained from moving toward another side in the axial direction of the pipe and from moving in the circumferential direction of the pipe relative to the second clamp,
the second engaging part being adjacent to the second clamp in the axial direction of the pipe without overlapping the second clamp in plan view,
one of the first clamp and the first engaging part has a first recess recessing in the axial direction of the pipe, and the other one of the first clamp and the first engaging part has a first protrusion protruding along the axial direction of the pipe,
one of the second clamp and the second engaging part has a second recess recessing in the axial direction of the pie, and the other one of the second clamp and the second engaging part has a second protrusion protruding along the axial direction of the pipe,
the first engaging part and the first clamp are configured to have the first recess and the first protrusion thereof engaged with each other in the axial direction of the pipe, the first recess and the first protrusion being located in an inner region located between, in the axial direction of the pipe, the first clamp and the second clamp, and
the second engaging part and the second clamp are configured to have the second recess and the second protrusion thereof engaged with each other in the axial direction of the pipe, the second recess and the second protrusion being located in the inner region.

US Pat. No. 10,393,288

MARINE REEL LAY METHOD PIPELINE INSTALLATION SYSTEM AND METHODS

ITREC B.V., Schiedam (NL...

1. A marine reel lay pipeline installation system for laying on the seabed a pipeline and/or installing a subsea riser including one or more accessories, wherein the system comprises:one or more pipeline storage reels for storage of pipeline to be laid;
a pipeline launch tower, which is adapted to launch the pipeline in a firing line along said tower;
a pipeline guide which is provided at an elevated position, the pipeline guide is adapted to guide the pipeline from a storage reel over the pipeline guide into the firing line,
one or more tensioners, each tensioner comprising a tensioner frame and multiple tracks supported by said tensioner frame, the one or more tensioners being operable between an active pipelaying mode, wherein the firing line extends through the tensioner frame and between the tracks, so that the tracks are positioned to engage the pipeline and to support the pipeline in the firing line, and a retracted mode wherein a clear envelope is created about the firing line;
a hang off device arranged in the lower part of the firing line, adapted to clamp and support the weight of the launched pipeline in the firing line;
an abandonment and recovery (A&R) system comprising at least one A&R cable and associated A&R winch, and an A&R sheave arrangement with one or more sheaves provided at an upper position in the firing line, said one or more sheaves being supported by the pipeline launch tower, adapted to raise, lower and support the weight of the launched pipeline in the firing line;
an auxiliary trolley which is movable along a vertical trolley rail and which is adapted to engage on an accessory in the firing line in the retracted mode of the one or more tensioners;
wherein at least one tensioner frame comprises a first segment and a second segment, each including at least one of said tracks, wherein the first and second segment are each mounted pivotable about a respective first and second vertical segment pivot axis to the pipeline launch tower, the first and second segments being pivotable between a pipelaying position in which the tracks are positioned to engage the pipeline, and an open retracted position, wherein the first and second segments are disconnected and separated, thereby creating a clear envelope about the firing line for passage of an accessory, wherein the trolley rail extends between the first and second vertical segment pivot axes.

US Pat. No. 10,393,287

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR THERMALLY ACTUATED FLOW CONTROL

Board of Regents, The Uni...

1. A thermally actuated flow control system disposed within a reactor, the control system comprising:a first linear array of bimetallic strips disposed on a first wall of a channel; and
a second linear array of bimetallic strips disposed on a second wall of the channel, the first and second walls being opposite and in a facing relationship with each other relative to a fluid flow path through the channel,
wherein:
the first wall and/or the second wall comprises a catalyst layer, the catalyst layer enabling a combustible reaction of a fuel flowing through the channel,
each bimetallic strip comprises a fixed end and a free end,
the fixed ends of the bimetallic strips in the first array are coupled to the first wall,
the fixed ends of the bimetallic strips in the second array are coupled to the second wall,
each bimetallic strip comprises a first metal strip having a first thermal expansion coefficient and a second metal strip having a second thermal expansion coefficient, the first and second metal strips being fixedly coupled together, and the first thermal expansion coefficient being higher than the second thermal expansion coefficient, wherein the first metal strip is coupled to the wall, and the second metal strip extends towards the fluid flow path through the channel, and
a deflection of the free ends of the bimetallic strips first array away from the first wall and the free ends of the bimetallic strips of the second array away from the second wall increases as a temperature of the fuel flowing through the channel increases, which decreases a flowrate of the fuel flowing through the channel and reduces the rate of heat generation by the combustion reaction, and the deflection of the free ends of the bimetallic strips of the first array and the second array decreases as the temperature of the fuel flowing through the channel decreases, which increases the flowrate of the fuel flowing through the channel and increases the rate of heat generation by the combustion reaction.

US Pat. No. 10,393,286

VALVE POSITION INDICATOR FOR VALVE SHUTTER

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A valve shutter comprising:an indicating unit configured to indicate opening angles of a valve of a gas tank, the valve coupled to the indicating unit;
a first rotating unit configured to rotate the indicating unit up to a maximum opening angle of the valve;
a second rotating unit configured to selectively interlock with the first rotating unit;
a holding pin configured to be rotated by the second rotating unit;
a shutting unit configured to prevent a rotation of the holding pin;
a limit plate configured to be selectively rotated by the first rotating unit in a closing direction and an opening direction of the valve; and
a stopper configured to restrict a rotation of the limit plate in the closing direction of the valve,
wherein the valve shutter does not include a stopper configured to restrict a rotation of the limit plate in the opening direction of the valve.

US Pat. No. 10,393,285

MULTI-ACTUATION CONTROL SYSTEM WITH PRESSURE BALANCING PLUMBING

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A multi-actuation system comprising:a first electrohydraulic servo valve;
a first actuator;
a first fluid line fluidically connecting the first electrohydraulic servo valve to the first actuator;
a second electrohydraulic servo valve;
a second actuator;
a second fluid line fluidically connecting the second electrohydraulic servo valve to the second actuator; and
a ring fluidically connecting the first fluid line with the second fluid line.

US Pat. No. 10,393,284

VALVE DEVICE AND METHOD

INVENTUS ENGINEERING GmbH...

1. A valve device, comprising:at least one flow channel through which a magnetorheological medium flows;
a magnetic circuit device for generating a magnetic field in the flow channel, said magnetic circuit device including at least one hard-magnetic magnet component and at least one electrical coil;
a control device connected to and configured for driving said electrical coil;
said magnetic circuit device having at least two sections with mutually different dynamic magnetic properties, enabling a specific inhomogeneity of the magnetic field to be set in said flow channel by way of a magnetic pulse to be output by said electrical coil and to be permanently stored in said at least one hard-magnetic magnet component, and at least one short-circuited conductor loop associated with at least one of said sections; and
wherein said at least two sections adjoin said at least one hard-magnetic magnet component, and said at least one hard-magnetic magnet component at least in part delimits a height of said at least one flow channel.

US Pat. No. 10,393,283

REGULATING OVERTRAVEL IN BI-FURCATED PLUGS FOR USE IN VALVE ASSEMBLIES

Dresser, LLC, Addison, T...

1. A method, comprising:operating a valve assembly to regulate flow of material by,
moving a first part of a two-part plug to a closed position against a seat;
overdriving a second part relative to the first part in the closed position to compress a seal ring; and
stopping compression of the seal ring with a hardstop having a stopping surface that prevents travel of the second part, wherein the stopping surface varies in position in response to temperature of the hardstop.

US Pat. No. 10,393,282

MULTIDIRECTIONAL VENT LIMITING DEVICES FOR USE WITH FLUID REGULATORS

EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMEN...

1. A vent limiting device, comprising:a housing having an interior surface, a fluid inlet, a fluid outlet, and a first fluid passageway in fluid communication with and located between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet, the interior surface including a first sealing surface that defines a portion of the first fluid passageway;
a stem having a first end, a second end located opposite the first end, and an axial portion located between the first end and the second end, the first end of the stem being rigidly coupled to the interior surface of the housing, the second end of the stem including a retaining flange; and
a poppet having a first end, a second end located opposite the first end, a second sealing surface that defines a portion of the first fluid passageway, and a bore that defines a second fluid passageway in fluid communication with and located between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet, the poppet being slidable along the axial portion of the stem between an open position and a closed position, the second sealing surface to contact the first sealing surface when the poppet is in the closed position to close off the first fluid passageway, the second end of the poppet including a face surface, the face surface to contact the retaining flange when the poppet is in the open position and to be spaced apart from the retaining flange when the poppet is in the closed position, the retaining flange forming a mechanical stop configured to limit movement of the poppet along the stem.

US Pat. No. 10,393,281

COMPRESSOR SURGE PROTECTION

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A pressure relief assembly for use with a duct having an interior volume defined by a sidewall and a relief aperture defined through the sidewall of the duct, the pressure relief assembly comprising:a cover configured to seal the relief aperture when positioned in a closed configuration and to expose the relief aperture to an external environment when positioned in an open configuration;
a first chamber at least partially defined by the sidewall and having a first volume fluidly coupled to the interior volume of the duct through a first orifice;
a second chamber at least partially defined by the sidewall and having a second volume fluidly coupled to the interior volume of the duct through a second orifice, the second orifice having a larger area than an area of the first orifice; and
a piston coupled to the cover, positioned between the first chamber and the second chamber and defining a wall of the first chamber and the second chamber, and configured to change the first volume and the second volume in response to a change in pressure in at least the first chamber or the second chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,393,280

SEAT VALVE WITH ELECTROMAGNETIC ACTUATION

Thomas Magnete GmbH, Her...

1. A seat valve actuated by an electromagnet has a valve sleeve with at least one first sealing seat, has at least one first sealing body connected in a force-fitting manner to an armature of the electromagnet, and has at least two ports, the at least two ports includes port (P) and port (TNC), for fluid flows,wherein,
in a de-energized state of the electromagnet, a fluid flow from the port (P) to the port (TNC) occurs only if a pressure difference between the port (P) and the port (TNC) exceeds a limit value (?pG), wherein the limit value (?pG) is a first pressure force of the pressure difference between the port (P) and the port (TNC) that overcomes a spring force of a spring and pushes the first sealing body out of the first sealing seat,
and in that in an energized state of the electromagnet, a fluid flow from the port (P) to the port (TNC) occurs even in the case of a pressure difference less than the limit valve (?pG) if an electromagnet force of the electromagnet together with a pressure force of the pressure difference between the port (P) and the port (TNC) overcomes the spring force of the spring, wherein a sum of the electromagnetic force and the pressure force pushes the first sealing body out of the first sealing seat,
and in that no fluid flow from the port (P) to the port (TNC) occurs if the spring force of the spring exceeds a sum of the pressure force of the pressure difference from the port (P) to the port (TNC) and of the electromagnetic force of the electromagnet, because then the first sealing body seals off in its first sealing seat.

US Pat. No. 10,393,279

SPRING LOADED CHECK VALVE

Kennedy Valve Company, E...

1. A spring return check valve, comprising:a valve body including an inlet and an outlet to define a fluid flow path therethrough,
a cover connected to a side of an opening in the body and including a cavity formed into a first surface thereof facing the opening, the cover configured to move between a position covering the opening and a position exposing the opening;
a disc disposed within the valve body and connected at one end of a first portion thereof to the valve body such that a second portion of the disc rotates between a position to open the fluid flow path and a position to close the fluid flow path; and
a buckling spring connected between a surface of the disc and the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,393,278

CHECK VALVE

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A check valve comprising:a valve housing defining an opening;
a valve housing sealing surface surrounding the opening;
a plurality of flapper elements, each flapper element being pivotally mounted to the valve housing about a respective pivot axis transverse to the opening, for rotation between an open position in which the flapper elements permit flow of fluid through the opening and a closed position in which they block the flow of fluid through the opening;
each flapper element comprising:
a first side facing the valve housing sealing surface in the closed position;
a second side, opposed to the first side and facing away from the valve housing sealing surface in the closed position;
a base end, the flapper element being mounted to the valve housing at its base end;
a first edge sealing region extending away from the base end for sealing engagement with the valve housing sealing surface in the closed position of the flapper element; and
a second edge sealing region extending away from the base end for sealing engagement with the base end of an adjacent flapper element in the closed position of the flapper element, an edge of the second edge sealing region of the flapper element engaging with the second side of an adjacent flapper element when the flapper elements are in the open position;
wherein the second edge sealing region comprises an edge which extends as a straight edge from a radially inner point adjacent the pivot axis to a radially outermost point at the first edge sealing region, said straight edge of the second edge sealing region of the flapper element forms an acute angle (a) with the pivot axis of the flapper element.

US Pat. No. 10,393,277

CONTROL VALVE

DOROT MANAGEMENT CONTROL ...

1. A control valve comprising:a valve body having an inlet port connectable to an upstream fluid supply line and extending along an inlet axis;
first and second outlet ports extending, respectively, along first and second outlet axes, and each connectable to a downstream fluid line, said first and second outlet axes extending substantially parallel to a sing reference axis and substantially perpendicular to said inlet axis;
a first sealing port associated with said first outlet port and disposed in a fluid path between the inlet port and the first outlet port, and a second sealing port disposed in a fluid path between the inlet port and the second outlet port; and
first and second sealing members configured for independently and selectively opening and closing the first and second sealing ports, respectively;
wherein each of said sealing ports extends along a sealing axis extending transverse to a plane being parallel to its respective outlet and said inlet axis, and forms, between a downstream end thereof and an upstream end of the inlet axis, an obtuse angel greater than 90°.

US Pat. No. 10,393,276

HIGH-FLOW FLUID VALVE BLOCK

SEMBA BIOSCIENCES, INC., ...

1. A valve block comprising:a pressure plate comprising a recess fillable with a pressurized material on an upper side of the pressure plate;
a fluid transfer plate comprising an inlet channel, an outlet channel, a plurality of inlet bores extending from the inlet channel to a lower side of the fluid transfer plate, and a plurality of outlet bores extending from the outlet channel to the lower side of the fluid transfer plate, wherein the plurality of inlet bores is arranged in a circular shape and the plurality of outlet bores is arranged in a circular shape, and wherein the inlet channel, the outlet channel, the plurality of inlet bores, and the plurality of outlet bores are contained within a valve of the valve block;
a top plate disposed adjacent to the fluid transfer plate, the top plate comprising an inlet connection bore and an outlet connection bore, wherein the inlet connection bore is fluidly connected to the inlet channel and the outlet connection bore is fluidly connected to the outlet channel; and
a diaphragm disposed between the upper side of the pressure plate and the lower side of the fluid transfer plate, wherein the diaphragm is configured to prevent fluid flow from at least one of the plurality of inlet bores to at least one of the plurality of outlet bores when the recess is filled with pressurized material.

US Pat. No. 10,393,275

SELF-CLEANING DOUBLE BLOCK AND BLEED VALVE

Omni Valve Company, LLC, ...

1. A valve comprising:a valve body, said valve body defining an inlet opening, an outlet opening and a bottom;
a lower cap secured to the bottom of said valve body said lower cap having an interior surface;
an upper cap secured to a top of said valve body, said upper cap having a central opening;
said upper cap, lower cap and valve body define a first cavity,
a rotatable plug positioned within said first cavity, said rotatable plug having a top stem passing through said opening in said upper cap and said rotatable plug having a bottom portion;
said rotatable plug having a first opening and a second opening defining a central passageway, said central passageway when aligned with said valve body inlet opening and valve body outlet opening provides a first continuous fluid path through said valve;
said rotatable plug first opening having a first gap at the lowest portion of said first opening;
said rotatable plug first opening carrying a first upwardly projecting lip adjacent to said first gap;
said rotatable plug second opening having a second gap at the lowest portion of said central passageway;
when said rotatable plug first and second openings are aligned with said valve body inlet opening and valve body outlet opening, said first and second gaps provide fluid communication with a second continuous fluid path, said second continuous fluid path defined by the bottom portion of said rotatable plug and the interior surface of said lower cap.

US Pat. No. 10,393,274

VALVE FOR CONTROL OF A FLUID FLOW

1. A valve for control of a fluid flow, said valve comprisinga valve housing,
fluid control means for controlling said flow of fluid through said valve housing wherein said fluid control means is arranged inside said valve housing,
shaft means comprising a set of shaft friction surfaces, said set of shaft friction surfaces including a first shaft friction surface and a second shaft friction surface arranged in a mutual shaft friction surface angle, wherein said shaft friction surface angle is an inside angle between said first shaft friction surface and said second shaft friction surface, wherein said fluid control means is arranged to be displaced along a rotational axis of said shaft means in accordance with a rotation of said shaft means, and
collar means comprising a set of collar friction surfaces, said set of collar friction surfaces including a first collar friction surface and a second collar friction surface arranged in a mutual collar friction surface angle, said collar friction surface angle is an inside angle between said first collar friction surface and said second collar friction surface, wherein said set of collar friction surfaces are arranged to mesh with said set of shaft friction surfaces,
wherein said shaft friction surface angle and said collar friction surface angle are between 120° and 170° and wherein said collar means are fixed inside said valve housing.

US Pat. No. 10,393,273

ADJUSTMENT ELEMENT FOR AN OVERRUN AIR RECIRCULATION VALVE

PIERBURG GMBH, Neuss (DE...

1. An adjustment element for a divert-air valve, the adjustment element comprising:an actuation element of an electromagnetic actuator, the actuation element being configured to be translatorily moved by the electromagnetic actuator;
a control body configured to move with the actuation element, the control body comprising,
a first hollow body comprising an outer surface which is circumferentially closed so as to define an interior, a first axial end, and an annular plate which is configured to extend radially inward from the first axial end, and
a second hollow body comprising,
a radially outer annular plate which is configured to be sealingly fastened in an encircling manner axially to the annular plate of the first hollow body, the radially outer annular plate comprising a radially inner region, and
an outer surface which extends from the radially inner region of the radially outer annular plate in a direction of the actuation element in the interior of the first hollow body; and
a connection element which is configured to fasten the control body to the actuation element.

US Pat. No. 10,393,272

SLEEVE CONFIGURED FOR USE IN A NON-CONTACTING GAS SEAL AND GAS SEAL INCLUDING THE SLEEVE

1. A sleeve mountable on a rotatable shaft and configured to form a non-contacting seal with a seal ring surrounding and radially spaced from the sleeve, the sleeve comprising:a radially inner surface configured to be mounted on the rotatable shaft;
a radially outer surface;
an axially inner surface between the radially inner surface and the radially outer surface;
an axially outer surface between the radially inner surface and the radially outer surface; and
a bore configured to provide fluid communication between gas at the axially inner surface of the sleeve and the radially outer surface of the sleeve,
wherein the bore extends from the axially inner surface to the radially outer surface,
wherein the bore has a first end and a second end, the second end being axially, radially and circumferentially offset from the first end,
wherein the axially inner surface includes a plurality of recesses,
wherein the first end of the bore is located in one of the plurality of recesses,
wherein each of the plurality of recesses comprises a bottom and an axial side wall, and
wherein the end of the bore is located in the bottom at a junction of the axial side wall and the bottom.

US Pat. No. 10,393,271

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEALS

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A method for manufacturing a seal, the method comprising:providing an annular main seal body of the seal;
coating a sealing surface substrate of the annular main seal body of the seal with a layer of Molybdenum; and
melting the layer of Molybdenum to fuse the layer of Molybdenum into the sealing surface substrate to form an alloyed outer seal layer,
wherein the alloyed outer seal layer forms a sealing surface of the seal,
wherein the annular main seal body is made from one of C6 white iron, low carbon steel, C6 nickel alloy, stellite iron alloy, Ni-Hard iron alloy, SAE 52100 steel, or SAE 1074 steel,
wherein a percentage of Molybdenum in the alloyed outer seal layer is between 10% to 20%, and
wherein the annular main seal body with the alloyed outer seal layer has a same thickness as the provided annular main seal body.

US Pat. No. 10,393,270

BRUSH SEAL WITH SLIDING BACKING PLATE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A brush seal comprising:a top plate;
a back plate;
a bristle pack secured at a joint between the top plate and the back plate, the bristle pack comprising:
a first bristle set extending from the joint; and
a second bristle set extending from the joint; and
a sliding backing plate comprising:
a sliding portion disposed between the back plate and the second bristle set; and
a support portion having an inner face and a support face, the inner face contacting a distal end of the second bristle set, and the support face disposed adjacent and configured to support at least a portion of the first bristle set;
wherein the sliding backing plate is configured to slide relative to the back plate; and
wherein the second bristle set is configured to exert a first pushing force on the inner face of the support portion to drive the sliding backing plate relative to the back plate.

US Pat. No. 10,393,269

RADIALLY DISPLACEABLE SEAL ASSEMBLY FOR A SHAFT

1. A seal assembly for sealing an annular space between an inner circumferential surface of an outer member, an outer circumferential surface of a shaft disposed within the outer member, and a radial stop surface extending generally between the inner and outer surfaces, the outer member having a bore with a centerline and the shaft being disposed at least partially within the bore and being angularly displaceable about or linearly displaceable along a central axis, the seal assembly comprising:a generally annular seal body including an outer body portion and an inner body portion, the outer body portion being formed of a first material and having opposing first and second axial ends, inner and outer circumferential surfaces and a generally annular cavity, the outer body portion being sized such that a clearance space is defined between the outer circumferential surface of the outer body portion and the outer member inner surface and such that the inner circumferential surface of the outer body portion is engageable with the shaft to loosely couple the seal body with the shaft so that the seal body is nonrotatable about the shaft central axis and is generally radially displaceable within the clearance space when the shaft displaces radially with respect to the bore centerline, the inner body portion being formed of a second material and having a radially-inwardly extending seal lip having an inner circumferential surface sealingly engageable with the shaft, the inner body portion being disposed at least partially within the cavity of the outer body portion such that the outer body portion carries the inner body portion when the shaft displaces radially, the first material having a hardness greater than a hardness of the second material and the second material having flexibility greater than the flexibility of the first material;
a retainer coupled with the outer member and having a radial surface; and
a biasing member disposed between the outer body second axial end and the radial stop surface and configured to bias the seal body generally axially toward the retainer radial surface such that the first axial end of the outer body portion is sealingly engaged with the retainer surface or disposed between the outer body first axial end and the retainer radial surface and configured to bias the seal body generally axially toward the radial stop surface such that the second axial end of the outer body portion is sealingly engaged with the radial stop surface.

US Pat. No. 10,393,268

ROTARY SHAFT HOUSING AND SEAL

SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE ...

1. A rotary shaft seal housing comprising:a body having an aperture defining a central axis and an inner surface, the body defining a cavity concentric to the central axis of the aperture and extending outward from the central axis and into the body, wherein, when viewed in cross section, the inner surface forms a generally frustoconical shape; and
a flange extending inward toward the central axis a distance beyond the inner surface, the flange having a first surface contiguous with the cavity and a second surface opposite the first surface,
wherein the cavity is adapted to hold a sealing element, and wherein the first surface is generally smooth, wherein the sealing element has an undeformed thickness, TSE, as measured in a direction parallel with the central axis of the aperture, wherein TSE is no greater than 0.4 mm, wherein the housing is adapted to receive a shaft through the aperture, the shaft having a diameter of no greater than about 20 mm, wherein the inner surface has a minimum diameter, DISMIN, and a maximum diameter, DISMAX, and wherein a ratio of DISMAX:DISMIN is at least about 1.1:1 and no greater than about 3:1.

US Pat. No. 10,393,267

METAL-TO-METAL SEALING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A metal-to-metal sealing joint comprising a first mating surface and a second mating surface; whereinthe second mating surface comprises an annular projection extending outward from a base positioned at the second mating surface and one or more annular grooves; and
the annular projection deforms the first mating surface when the first and second mating surfaces are brought into mating contact, the deformation forming a second groove in the first mating surface to form the sealing joint.

US Pat. No. 10,393,266

HIGH PRESSURE CIRCUMFERENTIAL LIFT-OFF SEAL

1. A circumferential lift-off seal assembly for sealing generally between an inner member rotatable about a central axis and an outer housing, the inner member having an outer circumferential surface and the housing having a first chamber, a second chamber and a radial surface partially defining the first chamber and located adjacent to the second chamber, the seal assembly comprising:a plurality of generally arcuate seal bodies spaced circumferentially about the central axis and coupled together to form a generally annular seal disposeable substantially within the housing first chamber, each seal body having an inner circumferential sealing surface sealingly engageable with the inner member outer surface, first and second axial ends, the second axial end having a radial sealing surface sealingly engageable with the housing radial surface so as to fluidly separate the first and second housing chambers, opposing first and second circumferential ends, the first end of each seal body being coupled with the second end of an adjacent one of the other seal bodies, at least one lift ramp extending radially-outwardly from the body inner surface and configured to generate a radially-outwardly directed force on the seal body when the inner member rotatably displaces within the seal, and at least one elongated projection extending generally axially outwardly from the body second axial end and having opposing radially inner and radially outer surfaces, the projection being disposeable within the housing second chamber such that that the projection outer surface is exposable to fluid pressure within the second chamber to generate a pressure differential between the projection inner and outer surfaces;
wherein each seal body further has a circumferential pressure groove extending generally radially-outwardly from the body inner surface and generally between the first and second circumferential ends, the groove being generally disposed axially between the at least one lift ramp and the body second axial end, and a feed slot extending generally axially between the body first end and the pressure groove and fluidly coupled with the at least one lift ramp such that the pressure groove is fluidly coupleable with the first housing chamber such that a pressure gradient extends axially between an edge of the seal body inner surface adjacent to the groove and an edge of the projection inner surface adjacent to the projection outer end when fluid pressure within the first chamber is greater than fluid pressure within the second chamber; and
wherein the lift projection of each seal body has a first end integrally formed with the seal body second axial end, a second end spaced axially from the first end and an axial width between the projection first and second ends, a bore dam axial width being defined between an edge of the seal body inner surface adjacent to the pressure groove and the projection outer end, the projection axial width being within the range of about twenty percent of the bore dam width and about thirty percent of the bore dam width.

US Pat. No. 10,393,265

DAMPER FOR PISTON AND PISTON PIN, FOR ICE ENGINES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A piston pin assembly, comprising:a cylindrical pin body having a hollow interior;
a mass disposed in the hollow interior of the cylindrical pin body;
one of a viscoelastic, plastic, or elastomeric material without oriented fiber reinforcement disposed in the hollow interior between the mass and the cylindrical pin body, such that the mass and the one of a viscoelastic, plastic, or elastomeric material act as a mass and spring damper mechanism, wherein the cylindrical pin body includes a pair of interior shoulders on opposite sides of the elastomeric material.

US Pat. No. 10,393,264

VEHICLE HAVING ENGINE UNIT

SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION,...

1. A vehicle having an engine unit,the engine unit comprising:
a crankcase provided with a crankshaft, a gearshift mechanism configured to perform a gearshift operation for rotary power transmitted from the crankshaft, and a clutch configured to connect or disconnect transmission of the rotary power between the crankshaft and the gearshift mechanism,
a cylinder block internally provided with a cylinder and disposed on the crankcase, and
a clutch actuator motor serving as a power source for switching the clutch between connection and disconnection states,
wherein at least a part of the clutch actuator motor is positioned outward of an outer side surface of the cylinder block in a vehicle width direction as seen in a front-rear direction of the vehicle,
wherein an axial direction of a rotational shaft of the clutch actuator motor is approximately in parallel with an axial direction of the cylinder of the cylinder block, and
wherein the clutch actuator motor is disposed along a rear side of the cylinder block as seen in the vehicle width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,393,263

REBUILD KIT FOR A CVT CLUTCH SPIDER

1. A rebuild kit for a spider assembly of a CVT clutch, the rebuild kit comprising:two non-rotating washers;
a roller; and
a spider having wear that is over an acceptable amount of wear determined by the manufacturer, wherein:
a pin couples the two non-rotating washers and the roller between the non-rotating washers within the spider; and
the roller is engaged by a flyweight of the CVT clutch and the non-rotating washers prevent additional wear of the spider while maintaining the roller aligned with the flyweight during operation of the CVT clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,393,262

HYDROSTATIC TRACTION DRIVE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE HYDROSTATIC TRACTION DRIVE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydrostatic traction drive, comprising:a first hydraulic machine that is driven by a drive unit
a second hydraulic machine hydraulically connected to the first hydraulic machine, the second hydraulic machine having a drive that is connected to at least one differential of the traction drive in order to drive wheels; and
a control unit configured to control at least one measure for traction control, the measure controlled as a function of a rotational speed of the second hydraulic machine,
wherein the control unit is configured so as to control the measure as a function of a change in the rotational speed of the second hydraulic machine.

US Pat. No. 10,393,261

HIGH AMBIENT TEMPERATURE PROPULSION SPEED CONTROL OF A SELF-PROPELLED AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT APPLICATOR

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A system for limiting operating speed at high temperatures in a hydraulically-driven, self-propelled, agricultural product applicator having a hydraulic system including a pump supplying pressurized hydraulic fluid to a variable-displacement hydraulic motor operatively connected for propelling the applicator, the system comprising:a temperature sensor operatively connected for detecting a temperature of the pressurized hydraulic fluid in the hydraulic system; and
a propel controller operatively connected to the temperature sensor and the propulsion motor and configured for limiting displacement of the propulsion motor according to a predetermined de-rated condition resulting in reduced motor speed, when a predetermined motor de-rating activation temperature limit of the hydraulic fluid is detected by the temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,393,260

HYDRAULIC CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD

SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES...

1. A shovel comprising:a lower traveling body;
an upper rotating body mounted on the lower traveling body;
an engine mounted on the upper rotating body;
a hydraulic pump of a variable volume type;
a hydraulic actuator to which pressurized oil is supplied from the hydraulic pump;
a flow rate control valve configured to control, based on operation amount of an operation member, a flow rate of the oil to the hydraulic actuator from the hydraulic pump; and
a controller configured to control the hydraulic pump, wherein
the controller calculates a virtual bleed flow rate from a bleed opening area of the flow rate control valve, determines a pump demand flow rate based on the calculated virtual bleed flow rate, and performs a virtual bleed-off control such that a discharge flow rate of the hydraulic pump becomes the determined pump demand flow rate.

US Pat. No. 10,393,259

HYBRID VEHICLE CONTROL USING ADAPTIVE TRANSMISSION TORQUE CONVERTER CLUTCH CAPACITY ESTIMATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an engine;
an electric machine selectively coupled to the engine;
a transmission having a torque converter impeller coupled to the electric machine and a torque converter clutch selectively coupling the impeller to a turbine; and
a controller configured to control torque converter clutch pressure according to impeller torque responsive to:
impeller speed exceeding turbine speed during torque converter clutch disengagement; and
turbine speed matching impeller speed during torque converter clutch engagement.

US Pat. No. 10,393,258

HYBRID VEHICLE CLUTCH CONTROL SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle system comprising:a controller to programmed to,
adjust a closed-state torque capacity of a clutch, that bypasses a torque converter of a transmission and is disposed between an electric machine and a drive wheel, according and in proportion to the greater in absolute value of a negative impeller torque command to the torque converter and a negative regenerative braking torque request, and
adjust the closed-state torque capacity of the clutch in response to the negative impeller torque command and the negative regenerative braking torque request each increasing in negative value during a tip-out of an accelerator pedal.

US Pat. No. 10,393,257

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION AND CONTROL METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. A control apparatus for automatic transmission, comprising:an select lever structured to permit selection of a range of an automatic transmission including a traveling range and a non-traveling range;
a detecting sensor configured to detect the range selected via the select lever;
a valve disposed at an oil passage that couples a hydraulic pressure supply source and a plurality of forward movement friction elements, a supply of a hydraulic pressure from the hydraulic pressure supply source to the plurality of forward movement friction elements being allowed while the traveling range is selected, the valve being configured to be driven according to an operation of the select lever;
a plurality of solenoids disposed at the oil passage, the plurality of solenoids being configured to control the supplied hydraulic pressure to the plurality of forward movement friction elements; and
a controller configured such that
when the detecting sensor detects the traveling range, the controller controls the plurality of solenoids to supply the plurality of forward movement friction elements with the hydraulic pressure, and
when the detecting sensor detects the traveling range, the controller executes a determination such that
when operations of all the friction elements of the plurality of forward movement friction elements are not detected, the controller determines, as the determination, that an operation position of the select lever is at an intermediate position between a position according to the traveling range and a position according to the non-traveling range, and
when operation of a part of the friction elements among the plurality of forward movement friction elements is not detected, the controller determines, as the determination, that a failure is present among the plurality of solenoids.

US Pat. No. 10,393,256

CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE DRIVE APPARATUS

AISIN AW CO., LTD., Anjo...

1. A control device for a vehicle drive apparatus, the vehicle drive apparatus including, on a power transmission path connecting an input member drivingly coupled to a driving force source and an output member drivingly coupled to wheels, a transmission device that includes a plurality of engagement devices and establishes a plurality of shift speeds with different speed ratios in accordance with a state of engagement of the plurality of engagement devices, whereinin order to shift the transmission device from a state in which an object shift speed is established and a vehicle is traveling to a neutral state in which no shift speed is established in the transmission device, the object shift speed being a shift speed established by engagement of an object engagement device that is one of the plurality of engagement devices and a non-object engagement device that is another one or more of the plurality of engagement devices, when the object engagement device is disengaged while maintaining engagement of the non-object engagement device and a rotational speed of the driving force source is made to be reduced, an engagement failure in the object engagement device is determined based on a change in a rotational speed of the input member.

US Pat. No. 10,393,255

TRAVELING CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE, VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A traveling control device for a vehicle, the vehicle including a transmission constituting a part of a power transmission path, the power transmission path being between a drive power source and drive wheels, the traveling control device comprising:an electronic control device configured to
execute a gear shift of the transmission based on a traveling state,
switch automatic driving by automatic driving control and manual driving by a driving operation from a driver, and
inhibit switching between the automatic driving and the manual driving until the gear shift of the transmission is completed after the gear shift of the transmission starts.

US Pat. No. 10,393,254

UNIVERSAL BELLHOUSING, SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREFORE

Accel Performance Group L...

1. A device for connecting an engine to a transmission, each having a mounting surface, the device comprising:a structure having an axis, a first end, and a second end, said first and second ends each having an opening and a wall extending between said first and second ends wherein the openings are coaxial, the structure formed by deforming a spinning sheet of metal into a mold using an internal spin forming process which asserts a force to the spinning sheet of material, such force applied along an inner surface of the sheet of material as it is formed;
said structure having an outer surface that is free of strengthening ribs in an axial direction of the structure;
a spun formed flange formed from the spinning sheet and formed integrally with the structure, extending from the first end normal to the axis;
a transmission plate of a plurality of interchangeable transmission plates, affixed onto the second end of the structure; and,
a pattern of holes machined into each of the flange and the transmission plate, the pattern of holes being indexed to an engine and transmission, respectively and the pattern of holes of the transmission plate being disposed outwardly of the second end of the structure.

US Pat. No. 10,393,253

TRANSMISSION CASE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A transmission case comprising:a wall portion;
a bearing portion having a through-hole penetrating through the wall portion, the through-hole being configured to receive a power transmission shaft, the bearing portion projecting from the wall portion in a cylindrical shape and in a first direction; and
a rib projecting from the wall portion in the first direction, the rib having an arc portion connected to at least one chain protection portion and the arc portion being configured to surround an upper part of a sprocket, wherein:
when viewed from a direction along a center line of the bearing portion, the wall portion includes: (i) a first wall portion located in a first region, the first wall portion having a perimeter defined by the bearing portion, the arc portion of the rib, and two common tangent lines to the bearing portion and the arc portion of the rib, and (ii) a second wall portion located in a second region of the wall portion that is outside of the first region;
the first wall portion is offset in the first direction of the bearing portion relative to the second wall portion; and
the transmission case is shaped such that the bearing portion and the arc portion of the rib are connected by the two common tangent lines of the transmission case.

US Pat. No. 10,393,252

PULLEY DEVICE FOR TENSIONER ROLLER OR WINDING ROLLER

1. A pulley device for a tensioning roller of a torque transmission transmitter comprising:a pulley;
a bearing;
a support element supporting the pulley in a rotary manner and provided with a through-bore;
a securing bolt extending into the through-bore of the support element; and
at least one captive-securing element configured to keep the securing bolt captive relative to the support element, the support element having a recess extending from the through-bore to the support element, the captive-securing element having an exterior diameter and an interior diameter, the captive-securing element being mounted at least partially inside the recess,
wherein an exterior radial wall of the recess provides at least one portion that is inclined with respect to the axial direction of the pulley, the at least one portion that is inclined being formed as a substantially conically shaped bore, the conically shaped bore having a linear sidewall in an axial direction, extending at an acute angle from an interior surface of the through-bore to the exterior radial wall,
wherein the exterior diameter of the captive-securing element is sized to and engages with a surface of the inclined portion of the exterior radial wall creating a wedge between the inclined portion of the exterior radial wall and engagement between the interior diameter of the captive-securing element and an exterior diameter of the securing bolt, the captive securing element being wedged at a position along and axial position of the conically shaped bore between a first edge of the conically shaped bore and a second edge of the conically shaped bore.

US Pat. No. 10,393,251

GEAR TOOTH CROWNING ARRANGEMENT

Eaton Corporation, Cleve...

1. A parallel axis gear configuration comprising:a first gear having a first gear tooth that includes a lead crowning across a face width thereof, the lead crowning comprising:
a first lead crown defined from a centerline to a transition point; and
a second lead crown defined from the transition point to a first end point; and
wherein the lead crowning includes a drop-off magnitude that is greater at the second lead crown than the first lead crown.

US Pat. No. 10,393,250

STRAIN WAVE GEARING AND WAVE GENERATOR

Harmonic Drive Systems In...

1. A wave generator of a strain wave gearing, wherein the wave generator flexes each part in a circumferential direction of a flexible externally toothed gear in a radial direction with a constant amplitude and a constant period by utilizing a plurality of solid displacement elements, and moves meshing positions of the externally toothed gear with a rigid internally toothed gear in the circumferential direction, so that a relative rotation between the two gears is generated according to a difference in teeth between the externally toothed gear and the internally toothed gear; the wave generator being characterized in that:the solid displacement elements are a monomorphic type or bimorphic type rectangular plate-shape element that is curved into an arc shape, and is deformable from the arc shape into a semicircular shape by energization, the semicircular shape having a smaller radius than an arc radius of the arc shape;
wherein portions of the externally toothed gear flexed by the solid displacement elements that are deformed into the semicircular shape, are meshed with the internally toothed gear;
wherein an element retaining member for retaining the solid displacement elements, is provided; and
wherein the element retaining member is provided with a circular outer circumferential surface capable of facing an inner circumferential surface of the externally toothed mar, and a plurality of element retaining parts formed in the circular outer circumferential surface so as to be arranged in equiangular intervals in a circumferential direction;
the respective solid displacement elements are retained in the respective element retaining parts in a manner that a convex-side surface of each of the solid displacement elements faces outward in a radial direction of the circular outer circumferential surface; and
a first end part of each of the solid displacement elements in a length direction thereof is hinged to the element retaining part so as not to move, and a second end part thereof is movable in a direction toward and away from the first end part.

US Pat. No. 10,393,249

DIFFERENTIAL, POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM AND VEHICLE

BYD COMPANY LIMITED, She...

1. A differential, comprising:a first planetary carrier;
a first gear ring;
a first planetary gear disposed on the first planetary carrier and meshed with the first gear ring;
a second planetary carrier;
a second gear ring; and
a second planetary gear disposed on the second planetary carrier and meshed with the second gear ring as well as the first planetary gear,
wherein the first gear ring and the second gear ring are configured as two power output ends of the differential, the first planetary carrier and the second planetary carrier are configured as power input ends of the differential, and a revolution radius of the first planetary gear is different from a revolution radius of the second planetary gear.

US Pat. No. 10,393,248

HYDROKINETIC TORQUE COUPLING DEVICE HAVING TURBINE-PISTON LOCKUP CLUTCH, AND RELATED METHODS

Valeo Embrayages, Amiens...

1. A hydrokinetic torque coupling device for coupling a driving shaft and a driven shaft together, comprising:a casing rotatable about a rotational axis and comprising opposite first and second sidewalls, the casing further comprising an outer wall extending between and interconnecting the opposite sidewalls;
an impeller coaxially aligned with the rotational axis and comprising an impeller shell;
a piston engagement member extending radially inward from and non-rotatable relative to the outer wall of the casing and being spaced between the opposite sidewalls of the casing, the piston engagement member having a first engagement surface;
an output hub; and
a turbine-piston coaxially aligned with and hydrodynamically drivable by the impeller and slidingly engaging the output hub, the turbine-piston comprising a turbine-piston shell including a turbine-piston flange situated axially between the piston engagement member and the impeller shell, the turbine-piston flange extending radially outwardly from a radially outer peripheral end of the turbine-piston shell and having a second engagement surface axially movable toward and away from the first engagement surface of the piston engagement member to position the hydrokinetic torque coupling device into and out of a lockup mode in which the turbine-piston is mechanically locked to and non-rotatable relative to the piston engagement member.

US Pat. No. 10,393,247

HYDROKINETIC TORQUE COUPLING DEVICE WITH TORSIONAL VIBRATION DAMPER IN COMBINATION WITH TWO VIBRATION ABSORBERS

Valeo Embrayages, Amiens...

1. A hydrokinetic torque coupling device for coupling together a driving shaft and a driven shaft, the torque coupling device comprising:a hollow casing including a cover shell and an impeller shell non-movably secured to the cover shell;
an impeller wheel coaxially aligned with a rotation axis and including the impeller shell;
a turbine wheel coaxially aligned with and drivable by the impeller wheel;
a torsional vibration damper;
a turbine hub non-rotatably connected to the turbine wheel;
a locking piston slidably mounted to the turbine hub and forming an input part of the torsional vibration damper;
a first vibration absorber and a second vibration absorber, each of the first and second vibration absorbers being one of a dynamic absorber and a centrifugal pendulum oscillator;
the torsional vibration damper comprising:
a first retainer plate rotatable about the rotation axis;
a driven member rotatable relative to the first retainer plate coaxially with the rotation axis; and
a plurality of damper elastic members interposed between the first retainer plate and the driven member, the damper elastic members elastically coupling the first retainer plate to the driven member;
the turbine hub non-rotatably coupled to the driven member of the torsional vibration damper;
the first vibration absorber being mounted to the turbine hub;
the second vibration absorber being mounted to the turbine hub and disposed axially between the cover shell and the locking piston;
the first vibration absorber and the second vibration absorber tuned to damp different orders of vibration.

US Pat. No. 10,393,246

ORIGINAL SHIFT SYSTEM (O.S.S.)

1. A shift system related to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) comprising:a power input assembly, having a power source, a hydraulic power transmitting system, a main rotating shaft and a power input assembly;
a power output assembly, having a first freewheel connecting with a first gear through a first shaft, a second freewheel connecting with a second gear through a second shaft, a main rod, an output gear and an output shaft, wherein the first freewheel engages with a first main rod rack on top of the main rod, while the second freewheel engages with a second main rod rack at a bottom portion of the main rod;
a collar assembly having a sliding collar configured to slide on the main rotating shaft and pivotally connecting with the power input assembly;
a connecting assembly having a rotating arm, a plurality of sliding sleeves connecting with the power input assembly, and a crankpin extending from the rotating arm and pivotally connecting with a connecting rod that is pivotally connected with the main rod;
wherein the hydraulic power transmitting system in said power input assembly has at least one hydraulic cylinder with a hydraulic position rod extending therefrom, and one end of the hydraulic position rod is configured to be connected to an end plate to control the movement of the power input assembly,
wherein the power input assembly has a first stretcher pivotally connected to an upper portion of the sliding collar on one end, and pivotally connected to an upper sliding sleeve on the rotating arm; and a second stretcher pivotally connected to a lower portion of the sliding collar on one end, and pivotally connected to a lower sliding sleeve on the rotating arm,
wherein the rotating arm is configured to rotate in a circular manner to drive the connecting rod and the main rod to further drive the first and second gears and the output gear, and the speed and torque provided by the CVT is controlled by a distance between the first and second stretchers on the rotating arm.

US Pat. No. 10,393,245

TORQUE REDUCER

Chassis Brakes Internatio...

1. A two-stage vehicle brake actuator including a reducer, the vehicle brake actuator comprising:a motor;
a floating caliper;
a brake pad rigidly attached to the floating caliper;
a screw,
a plurality of threaded internal rollers held by an internal holding cage,
a tapped inner casing,
each of the internal rollers meshing directly firstly with the screw and secondly with the inner casing by at least one thread oriented in an opposite direction to a thread of the screw and in a same direction as a thread of the inner casing,
a tapped outer casing,
a plurality of outer rollers held by an outer holding cage, each of which being in mesh firstly with the inner casing and secondly with the outer casing, the outer rollers having at least one thread oriented in an opposite direction to the thread of the inner casing and in a same direction as a thread of the outer casing;
wherein the vehicle brake actuator is configured to:
actuate a service brake or a parking brake of a vehicle; and
control a disk brake,
wherein the motor is configured to drive the internal holding cage or the outer holding cage directly.

US Pat. No. 10,393,244

ROLLING DEVICE

THK CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A rolling device comprising:an inner member provided with a rolling element rolling groove;
and an outer member attached to the inner member to be relatively movable via a plurality of rolling elements,
wherein the outer member includes:
an outer member main body portion including a loaded rolling element rolling groove forming a loaded rolling element rolling raceway in cooperation with the rolling element rolling groove and a non-loaded rolling element rolling raceway arranged to correspond to the loaded rolling element rolling groove; and
a pair of lids attached to both end surfaces of the outer member main body portion in a relatively-moving direction and having at least a part of a direction changing raceway connecting one end of the loaded rolling element rolling raceway to one end of the non-loaded rolling element rolling raceway,
wherein each of the lids is provided with a projection portion including at least the part of the direction changing raceway so as for the at least the part of the direction changing raceway formed in the lid to project from a connection surface between the lid and the outer member main body portion toward the outer member main body portion, and
wherein the projection portion is provided with a lubricant supply groove that is formed on an outer circumferential surface of the projection portion, and the lubricant supply groove formed up to a tip end of the outer circumferential surface of the projection portion.

US Pat. No. 10,393,243

ACTUATOR WITH CROSS-ROLLER BEARING

THK CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. An actuator comprising:a motor having an output shaft;
a motor housing into which the motor is housed;
an outer race;
an inner race assembled with the outer race to be rotatable;
a cross-roller bearing supporting an object member to be rotatable, the object member having a first plane extending in the radial direction relative to the output shaft, and the first plane having a recessed portion at an outer periphery thereof;
a support member rotated in accordance with the rotation of the output shaft, the support member being fixed to the object member and having a second plane extending in a radial direction relative to the output shaft, the second plane having a recessed portion at an outer periphery thereof,
wherein the outer race is directly mounted to the motor housing and the inner race is clamped between the recessed portion of the first plane and the recessed portion of the second plane.

US Pat. No. 10,393,241

CAMSHAFT, ESPECIALLY FOR MOTOR VEHICLE ENGINES

THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA TECCE...

1. A camshaft for a motor vehicle engine, the camshaft comprising:a tubular outer shaft extending along an axis;
an inner shaft extending coaxially in the outer shaft, having opposite ends and a diameter reduction forming an axially directed shoulder, and rotatable about the axis relative to the outer shaft;
a first cam rotationally fixed on the outer shaft;
a second cam rotatable on the outer shaft and fixed to the inner shaft;
a support element on one of the ends of the inner shaft and projecting radially past the outer shaft, with an outer surface of the outer shaft forming with an inwardly directed surface of the support element a sliding-contact bearing for the inner shaft; and
a fixing rim formed on the support element, braced axially against the shoulder of the inner shaft, and recessed and fixed in the inner shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,393,240

GEAR DRIVE DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A gear drive device, comprising:a first gear;
a second gear that meshes with the first gear to allow torque transmission;
a driving mechanism that applies a driving torque to the first and second gears, and
a biasing member separate from the driving mechanism that applies rotational torque in one direction to the first gear or the second gear,
wherein the first gear and the second gear are brought into contact at a contacting tooth surface thereof by the biasing member, and
wherein at least one of the first gear and the second gear comprises a non-contacting tooth surface that is on an opposite side of the contacting tooth surface and partially removed.

US Pat. No. 10,393,239

HYDRAULIC AUTO TENSIONER

NTN Corporation, Osaka (...

1. A hydraulic auto-tensioner comprising:a cylinder having a bottom, and containing oil in the cylinder;
a valve sleeve standing on a bottom surface of the cylinder;
a rod having a lower end portion slidably inserted in the valve sleeve such that a pressure chamber is defined in the valve sleeve;
a spring seat provided on an upper portion of the rod;
a return spring mounted between the spring seat and the bottom surface of the cylinder, and biasing the cylinder and the spring seat in a direction away from each other,
a reservoir chamber being defined between an inner periphery of the cylinder and an outer periphery of the valve sleeve, and
an oil passage being formed such that a lower portion of the pressure chamber communicates with a lower portion of the reservoir chamber through the oil passage,
a first check valve in a bottom end of the valve sleeve, the first check valve being configured such that when pressure in the pressure chamber exceeds pressure in the reservoir chamber, the first check valve is closed so as to block communication between the pressure chamber and the oil passage;
wherein the hydraulic auto-tensioner is configured such that when a pushing force is applied to the rod through the spring seat, the first check valve is closed so that oil in the pressure chamber leaks from the pressure chamber into the reservoir chamber, and a hydraulic damper force generated by the oil leaking from the pressure chamber dampens the pushing force applied to the rod,
wherein the hydraulic auto-tensioner further comprises:
a tubular plunger fitted on an outer diameter surface of the rod, wherein a first leakage gap is defined between sliding surfaces of the plunger and the rod, the tubular plunger being slidable along the outer diameter surface of the rod and the an inner diameter surface the valve sleeve,
a second leakage gap being defined between sliding surfaces of the plunger and the valve sleeve such that resistance to oil flowing in the second leakage gap is larger than resistance to oil flowing in the first leakage gap,
wherein the hydraulic auto-tensioner further comprises:
a second check valve between the rod and the plunger, the second check valve being configured to close the first leakage gap when the plunger moves upwardly as the pressure in the pressure chamber increases;
a stopper provided at a bottom end of the rod to prevent separation of the plunger; and
a valve spring biasing the plunger toward the stopper.

US Pat. No. 10,393,238

ACCESSORY DRIVE TENSIONER WITH IMPROVED ARRANGEMENT OF TENSIONER ARM AND BIASING MEMBER

Litens Automotive Partner...

1. A tensioner for an endless drive arrangement for an engine having a crankshaft, a crankshaft pulley, an endless drive member that is engageable with the crankshaft pulley, an accessory including an accessory frame having a generally cylindrical body having a frame body diameter, an accessory shaft that is rotatable relative to the accessory frame and an accessory pulley that is mounted to the accessory shaft and is rotatable about an accessory pulley axis, the tensioner comprising:a base;
a tensioner arm having a tensioner pulley thereon, wherein the tensioner arm is generally concave and is pivotally mounted to the base for pivotal movement about an arm pivot axis that is offset from the accessory pulley axis, and wherein the tensioner pulley is rotatably mounted to the tensioner arm for rotation about a tensioner pulley axis that is offset relative to the arm pivot axis and relative to the accessory pulley axis, wherein the endless drive member engages the tensioner pulley and applies a hub load on the tensioner pulley and thereby applies a hub load moment on the tensioner arm along a first moment arm relative to the arm pivot axis;
and a tensioner biasing member that urges the tensioner arm into the endless drive member and applies a biasing member moment on the tensioner arm that opposes the hub load moment along a second moment arm relative to the arm pivot axis, wherein the second moment arm is at least about 50 percent of the length of the first moment arm, wherein the tensioner is mountable to the accessory frame via a plurality of fasteners that are each positioned at a center distance from the accessory pulley axis, wherein the center distance for each of the fasteners from the plurality of fasteners is between a value of zero inches from the accessory pulley axis to a value that is less than about 25 mm greater than the frame body diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,393,237

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A planetary gear train apparatus of an automatic transmission for a vehicle, the planetary gear train apparatus comprising:an input shaft receiving torque of an engine;
an output shaft outputting torque;
a first planetary gear set including a first rotation element, a second rotation element, and a third rotation element;
a second planetary gear set including a fourth rotation element, a fifth rotation element, and a sixth rotation element;
a third planetary gear set including a seventh rotation element, an eighth rotation element, and a ninth rotation element;
a fourth planetary gear set including a tenth rotation element, an eleventh rotation element, and a twelfth rotation element;
a fifth planetary gear set including a thirteenth rotation element, a fourteenth rotation element, and a fifteenth rotation element;
a first shaft fixedly connected to the first rotation element and the sixth rotation element and fixedly connected to the input shaft;
a second shaft fixedly connected to the fourteenth rotation element and the output shaft;
a third shaft fixedly connected to the third rotation element and the seventh rotation element;
a fourth shaft fixedly connected to the fifth rotation element and the eighth rotation element;
a fifth shaft fixedly connected to the ninth rotation element and the tenth rotation element;
a sixth shaft fixedly connected to the eleventh rotation element and the fifteenth rotation element; and
a plurality of shafts formed by combinations of remaining rotation elements among the first to fifteenth rotation elements that are not connected to the first to sixth shafts, and each thereof selectively connectable to a transmission housing.

US Pat. No. 10,393,236

MULTI-SPEED TRANSMISSION

ALLISON TRANSMISSION, INC...

1. A multiple speed transmission, comprising:an input member;
an output member;
first, second, third and fourth planetary gearsets each having first, second and third members;
a plurality of interconnecting members each connected between at least one of the first, second, third, and fourth planetary gearsets and at least another of the first, second, third, and fourth planetary gearsets;
a first torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the first member of the first planetary gearset and the first member of the second planetary gearset with a stationary member;
a second torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the third member of the first planetary gearset with the stationary member;
a third torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the third member of the second planetary gearset with the first member of the third planetary gearset and the first member of the fourth planetary gearset;
a fourth torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the second member of the second planetary gearset and the third member of the third planetary gearset with the second member of the third planetary gearset; and
a fifth torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the second member of the first planetary gearset and the third member of the fourth planetary gearset with the second member of the third planetary gearset;
wherein, the second planetary gearset comprises an idler planetary gearset;
wherein the torque transmitting mechanisms are selectively engageable in combinations of at least three to establish at least eight forward speed ratios and at least one reverse speed ratio between the input member and the output member.

US Pat. No. 10,393,235

MULTI-SPEED TRANSMISSION

ALLISON TRANSMISSION, INC...

1. A multiple speed transmission, comprising:an input member;
an output member;
first, second, third and fourth planetary gearsets each having first, second and third members;
a plurality of interconnecting members each connected between at least one of the first, second, third, and fourth planetary gearsets and at least another of the first, second, third, and fourth planetary gearsets;
a first torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the first member of the first planetary gearset and the first member of the second planetary gearset with a stationary member;
a second torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the second member of the first planetary gearset with the stationary member;
a third torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the second member of the second planetary gearset with the first member of the third planetary gearset and the first member of the fourth planetary gearset;
a fourth torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the third member of the second planetary gearset and the third member of the third planetary gearset with the second member of the third planetary gearset; and
a fifth torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the third member of the first planetary gearset and the third member of the fourth planetary gearset with the second member of the third planetary gearset;
wherein, the first planetary gearset comprises an idler planetary gearset;
wherein the torque transmitting mechanisms are selectively engageable in combinations of at least three to establish at least eight forward speed ratios and at least one reverse speed ratio between the input member and the output member.

US Pat. No. 10,393,234

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A planetary gear train of an automatic transmission for a vehicle, comprising:an input shaft for receiving an engine torque;
an output shaft for outputting a shifted torque;
a first planetary gear set having a first rotational element, a second rotational element, and a third rotational element;
a second planetary gear set having a fourth rotational element, a fifth rotational element, and a sixth rotational element;
a third planetary gear set having a seventh rotational element, an eighth rotational element, and a ninth rotational element;
a fourth planetary gear set having a tenth rotational element, an eleventh rotational element, and a twelfth rotational element;
a first shaft fixedly connected to the third rotational element and selectively connected to the input shaft;
a second shaft fixedly connected to the ninth rotational element and selectively connected to the input shaft;
a third shaft fixedly connected to the eleventh rotational element and fixedly connected to the output shaft;
a fourth shaft fixedly connected to the first rotational element, the fourth rotational element, and the seventh rotational element;
a fifth shaft fixedly connected to the second rotational element and the tenth rotational element; and
a plurality of shafts each selectively connecting a corresponding element to a transmission housing, wherein the corresponding element is a rotational element, that is not fixedly interconnected, of one or more of the second planetary gear set, the third planetary gear sets, or the fourth planetary gear set;
wherein the plurality of shafts comprises:
a sixth shaft fixedly connected to the fifth rotational element and the eighth rotational element, wherein the sixth shaft is selectively connected to the transmission housing; and
a seventh shaft fixedly connected to the sixth rotational element and the twelfth rotational element, wherein the seventh shaft is selectively connected to the transmission housing;
wherein the input shaft and the first shaft are selectively interconnected to each other, the input shaft and the second shaft are selectively interconnected to each other, the first shaft and the fifth shaft are selectively interconnected to each other, and the first shaft and the sixth shaft are selectively interconnected to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,393,233

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A planetary gear train of an automatic transmission for a vehicle, comprising:an input shaft configured to receive an engine torque;
an output shaft configured to output a shifted torque;
a first planetary gear set having first, second, and third rotational elements;
a second planetary gear set having fourth, fifth, and sixth rotational elements;
a third planetary gear set having seventh, eighth, and ninth rotational elements;
a fourth planetary gear set having tenth, eleventh, and twelfth rotational elements;
a first shaft fixedly connected with the first rotational element;
a second shaft fixedly connected with the second rotational element and the fifth rotational element;
a third shaft fixedly connected with the third rotational element and the eighth rotational element;
a fourth shaft fixedly connected with the fourth rotational element, the input shaft and the seventh rotational element, and configured to be selectively connected with the second shaft;
a fifth shaft fixedly connected with the sixth rotational element;
a sixth shaft fixedly connected with the ninth rotational element and the eleventh rotational element;
a seventh shaft fixedly connected with the tenth rotational element and selectively connected with the second shaft; and
an eighth shaft fixedly connected with the twelfth rotational element and the output shaft, and configured to be selectively connected with the third shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,393,232

TRANSMISSION WITH COLD SHIFT DELAY MITIGATION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of operating a motor vehicle transmission, the method comprising:measuring an operating temperature of the transmission, the transmission having at least seven torque transmitting mechanisms and at least three planetary gear sets, each planetary gear set having three gear members;
determining if the transmission is in a park mode;
determining if the operating temperature is below a predetermined threshold;
if the operating temperature is below the predetermined threshold and the transmission is the park mode, implementing a shift delay mitigation process including:
engaging a fourth torque transmitting mechanism and a fifth torque transmitting mechanism of the at least seven torque transmitting mechanisms so that they are locked to a ground to prevent a first gear member of the first planetary gear set from moving, the first gear member of the first planetary get set being coupled to an output drive shaft to prevent an input torque being transferred to a park pawl; and
shifting the transmission out of the park mode.

US Pat. No. 10,393,231

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION AND CONTROL METHOD OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An automatic transmission comprising:a first transmission mechanism to which a driving force of a driving source is input through a first clutch and which is configured to switch driving force transmission paths to an output member to establish a first set of gear ratios;
a second transmission mechanism to which the driving force of the driving source is input through a second clutch and which is configured to switch driving force transmission paths to the output member to establish a second set of gear ratios; and
a control unit,
wherein a one-way clutch is provided in a driving force transmission path that establishes a first certain gear ratio in the first set,
the first transmission mechanism comprises:
an input shaft to which the driving force of the driving source is input through the first clutch;
a first transmission gear provided on the input shaft and configured to establish the first certain gear ratio;
a plurality of second transmission gears provided on the input shaft and configured to establish remaining gear ratios in the first set; and
a switching mechanism configured to perform engagement and disengagement between the input shaft and the plurality of second transmission gears,
a driving transmission direction of the one-way clutch is set such that a rotation inputted from a wheel side to the output member in a predetermined rotational direction is transmitted to the input shaft, the predetermined rotational direction corresponding to a backward movement of a vehicle, and
the control unit can execute switching control of causing the switching mechanism to perform the disengagement between the input shaft and the plurality of second transmission gears on condition that a traveling state of the vehicle reaches a predetermined deceleration state.

US Pat. No. 10,393,230

TRANSMISSION SYSTEM FOR A WORK VEHICLE

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A transmission system for a work vehicle, comprising a transmission comprising:a first shaft;
a second shaft;
an input shaft
an output shaft;
an input gear pair comprising a first input gear and a second input gear;
a first input clutch configured to selectively couple the input shaft to the first shaft;
a second input clutch configured to selectively couple the input shaft to the second shaft via the input gear pair;
an output gear pair comprising a first output gear and a second output gear, wherein the first output gear is coupled to the first shaft, or the second output gear is coupled to the output shaft;
a first output clutch configured to selectively couple the second output gear to the output shaft if the first output gear is coupled to the first shaft, or to selectively couple the first output gear to the first shaft if the second output gear is coupled to the output shaft;
a second output clutch configured to selectively couple the second shaft to the output shaft;
a first module, wherein the first module comprises:
a first module gear pair comprising a first module gear and a second module gear, wherein the first module gear is coupled to the first shaft, or the second module gear is coupled to the second shaft; and
a first module clutch configured to selectively couple the second module gear to the second shaft if the first module gear is coupled to the first shaft, or to selectively couple the first module gear to the first shaft if the second module gear is coupled to the second shaft;
wherein engaging the second input clutch, the first input clutch, and the second output clutch and disengaging the first output clutch establishes a second gear ratio between the input shaft of the transmission and the output shaft, engaging the first input clutch, the first module clutch, and the second output clutch and disengaging the second input clutch establishes a third gear ratio between the input shaft and the output shaft, and the second gear ratio is higher than the third gear ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,393,229

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION AND CONTROL METHOD OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An automatic transmission comprising:a first transmission mechanism to which a driving force of a driving source is input through a first clutch and which is configured to switch driving force transmission paths to an output member to establish a first set of gear ratios;
a second transmission mechanism to which the driving force of the driving source is input through a second clutch and which is configured to switch driving force transmission paths to the output member to establish a second set of gear ratios; and
a control unit,
wherein a one-way clutch is provided in a driving force transmission path that establishes a first certain gear ratio in the first set,
the first transmission mechanism comprises:
an input shaft to which the driving force of the driving source is input through the first clutch;
a first transmission gear provided on the input shaft and configured to establish the first certain gear ratio;
a plurality of second transmission gears provided on the input shaft and configured to establish remaining gear ratios in the first set; and
a switching mechanism configured to perform engagement and disengagement between the input shaft and the plurality of second transmission gears,
a driving transmission direction of the one-way clutch is set such that a rotation inputted from a wheel side to the output member in a predetermined rotational direction is transmitted to the input shaft, the predetermined rotational direction corresponding to a backward movement of a vehicle,
the switching mechanism comprises:
a dog clutch; and
an actuator configured to operate the dog clutch,
the control unit can execute backward movement prevention control of causing the switching mechanism to engage a third transmission gear that is one of the plurality of second transmission gears with the input shaft on condition that the vehicle has stopped, and
after the third transmission gear engages with the input shaft, the control unit instructs the switching mechanism to disengage the third transmission gear from the input shaft immediately regardless of whether or not the vehicle starts.